Lionel Messi has been included in the Argentina squad list for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers vs Ecuador and Bolivia in October.
Messi will travel to his home country, and when the 33-year-old gets back to Barcelona, he will have to stay in quarantine. Because of this, the Argentine forward could miss La Liga fixtures against Alaves and Getafe — and even Real Madrid, because the Bolivia game (13 October) is 12 days before the Clasico (25 October), which is less than the required 2-week quarantine period.
Considering the fact that this will probably be Messi’s last World Cup campaign, it is predicted that Leo will feature together with his international team-mates and benefit from the last chance of winning the trophy.
Whether the current regulation of 14 days would change in Messi’s favor (so that he can directly play after 12 days), remains unknown, but according to Sport, Barcelona has already expressed their concern to FIFA. Other European clubs are also suffering from the situation, and a meeting is set to take place between the CONMEBOL council and FIFA in order to reach an agreement.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.