Messi will play against Ecuador from the beginning


Argentina star Lionel Messi did not play against Peru due to a thigh injury in the match against Chile. Such a decision was taken to avoid risking him. The effort and hope was that Messi could come down to the quarter fully recovered. Finally a few days of hard work and practice paid off. Lionel Messi will play from the beginning in the Copa quarter-finals against Ecuador, the Argentinian media has revealed.

With Messi returning to the starting XI, the experienced Di Maria is losing his place in the team. The two teams will enter the field at 7 am Bangladesh time at the NRG Stadium in Houston, USA. Messi has been training with the team since Tuesday. He joined the full practice a day before the match. Seeing his improvement, coach Scaloni decided to keep Messi in the starting eleven.

Since Messi is with the team, Argentina has to change its style of play. In this case, Argentina will be seen playing in 4-4-2 formation. Where there are four midfielders with four defenders. Messi and Lautaro will be in the attack. The coach was hesitant about Julián Alvarez and Lautaro but the World Cup winning coach did not have the courage to keep the top scorer of the tournament on the bench.

Argentina’s possible XI
Emiliano Martinez, Nahuel Molina, Christian Romero, Lisandro Martinez, Nicolas Tagliafico, Rodrigo De Paul, Alexis McAllister, Enzo Fernandez, Nicolas Gonzalez, Lautaro Martinez and Lionel Messi.

RR/MIHS