Argentina Soccer Affiliation (AFA) president Claudio Tapia has mentioned he can be happy if Lionel Messi performed much less for Barcelona within the the rest of the season so he arrives on the World Cup in high situation.
Messi has featured in all 23 of Barca’s La Liga video games this marketing campaign, 22 of them begins, additionally beginning 5 Copa del Rey video games and taking part in in all six of their Champions League matches.
Tapia instructed TyC Sports activities: “We hope all of the gamers arrive on the degree they’re at, which may be very excessive.
“[Sergio] Aguero’s [level] is terrific and Messi is at all times there, excessive up. That is vital for us, the executives, and the teaching workers to see the extent that he [Messi] is at.
“With Messi, we spoke about taking care of him, taking part in lower than he has, and if there are video games that do not benefit Messi to be current, then for him to not play with a view to maintain himself a bit extra I feel that is good.”
Argentina captain Messi, the main scorer in La Liga with 20 targets, scored a hat trick within the Three-1 win over Ecuador that sealed his nation’s World Cup place.
And after three straight closing defeats for Argentina — two within the Copa America and the opposite on the 2014 World Cup — Tapia mentioned he hoped for higher luck.
“We’re already feeling the adrenaline because the World Cup approaches,” he mentioned. “We hope that we’ve got the World Cup we would like.
“We hope we can provide the the Argentinian individuals a whole lot of pleasure. They’re expectant and already really feel that we’re champions. But it surely’s a World Cup and it is seven finals, and we’ve got to go step-by-step.”
Tapia added the AFA is contemplating the opportunity of a pleasant towards Catalonia in Barcelona in early June earlier than their World Cup opener towards Iceland on June 16.
“We obtained a proposal final week from a consultant of an organization to play a pleasant towards Catalonia in Barcelona’s stadium on June four, a date the place we did not have something deliberate,” he mentioned.
“Jorge [Sampaoli] thought it might be good for our preparation and it is also good from a monetary standpoint. If we handle to seal it, it might be one thing vital.”
Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based soccer author who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.