This time around there was no VAR to slow them down and Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina rushed to an impressive 2-0 victory over Peru. And despite not being on the scoresheet, Lionel Messi was once again among the key pieces for his country on the pitch.
Still, it does seem that, much like Barcelona themselves, Argentina are also trying to include other players more into their plans and stop relying exclusively on Leo. This, it goes without saying, is a good thing both for the player himself and the team as a whole.
Messi played the whole 90 minutes though, and after the victory, faced the media in the post-game interview. Playing for his country is a privilege and Leo aims to give his all for the crest on his chest.
“Whenever I come here I try to do my best and I feel determined to fight for this shirt. I feel good to continue working and to play more games.”
He is also quite happy with the victory. La Albiceleste created a lot of chances and even more importantly, they managed to convert them as well. These are all positive signs for their immediate and long-term future.
“I’m happy with the victory, we needed it after the game we played the other day. From the beginning we had a great match, the goals came and we created many, many chances.”
With this victory, Messi has become the Argentine with the most wins in history – a total of 85 across 142 games – surpassing Javier Mascherano who’s on 84 from 147.
Another record is in the bag. Congratulations, Leo.
Koeman’s press conference ahead of Sevilla clash ends prematurely due to a nosebleed
As Barcelona gear-up to take on Sevilla in gameweek 25 of La Liga, Ronald Koeman sat down to address the media as part of his pre-game press conference. However, his presser was interrupted, and consequently ended prematurely due to a nosebleed the Dutchman suffered while speaking. This is the second time this is happening this season, with the first incident occurring before the Athletic Bilbao game last month. It comes possibly as a result of the blood thinners he takes after suffering from heart problems last year, as has been reported by Javi Miguel.
❗Koeman's press conference came to an end after a nosebleed. This is the second time it's happened this season – the first being in the press conference before the game against Bilbao on January 30. We hope the coach is doing fine.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) February 26, 2021
Before the presser was halted, Koeman spoke about how the two consecutive games against Sevilla are different from one another, saying “There are two different games. Tomorrow we play for La Liga, and Wednesday for the Copa del Rey. We have to win both games and we hope to continue our unbeaten streak in the league tomorrow.”
As part of merry news, Ronald Araujo has entered the squad list for the first time in five games after suffering an ankle injury against Real Betis. Koeman addressed his inclusion in the presser, saying, “Araújo has entered the list and everyone who enters the list has options to play. We’ll decide our XI tomorrow.”
Koeman clearly holds the young defender in high praise, and complimented him in today’s presser as well, saying, “Araújo has had a very good season so far. He’s young, but he has learned and shown a lot. He has a great physique level, he’s strong and fast, and he brings us many things defensively.”
The topic surrounding Barcelona’s lack of leadership came up yet again, despite there being several veteran players in the side. Koeman singled out Lionel Messi again, while calling for contribution from others: “Veteran players have tried to take control, but they can’t do it alone either. Messi has 17-18 goals, the same as everyone else put together. Responsibility must be shared.”
“I know that being a Barça coach there is always a lot of pressure. If you don’t win, it’s the manager’s mistake. I don’t know what could happen in the future, there is time to talk about that, but I’m optimistic,” Koeman said in regards to how he feels about his future as a Barcelona coach with the elections nearby.
The last thing Koeman talked about was voting in the elections before rushing out of the room. He said, “The elections? I will not vote because I think I don’t have to vote. I have to wait, and the socios will decide.”