Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni on Saturday (September 4) said Lionel Messi is expected to suit up against Brazil when they square off in a key World Cup qualifier on Sunday (September 5). Messi took a knock in Thursday’s (September 2) qualifier against Venezuela which Argentina won 3-1.
“Leo is good,” Scaloni said. “We’ll train this afternoon. We’ll know 100% for sure this afternoon.” As far as the squad, I have an idea (on the lineup). We still haven’t been able to do a training session with those who played against Venezuela.
Today we will have everyone together. But the thought is that there will surely be some changes, especially considering how close the matches are and what the squad can do depending on the players. They (Brazil) are coming off an incredibly strong streak and have shown that they are up to the task, no matter who they play.
They have players of enormous quality in every position. We will go into the match with utmost respect and our highest demands knowing they are at home and that we’re playing a squad that has won seven games in a row.
It is going to be extremely tough. Argentina beat Brazil in the final of the Copa America on July 10 in Rio de Janeiro and their win in Caracas extended their unbeaten run to 21 games. But the home side have won all seven of their qualifiers so far and lead the 10-team South American qualifying group by six points from their opponents.
The top four teams qualify automatically for Qatar in 2022 but Scaloni said catching Brazil was not a priority.