Lionel Messi returned to the Argentine football team after 9 months of absence and he has already been warned of doing too much.
Technical director, Cesar Luis Menotti said, “It scares me that Messi plays. I see him emotionally fatigued between the Champions League and the national team. I see him very tired. He has a lot of obligations and with a lot of emotional baggage, a lot of responsibilities at his feet.”
Argentina are due to face off against Venezuela on Friday without the likes of Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain in the attacking lineup. Messi has been in sublime form recently but the international fixture might be too much for the 31-year-old.
Argentina head coach, Lionel Scaloni said, “It is a joy that Messi returns. I have to try to have the team accompany him and ensure he has the best of himself. Hopefully, with the return of Messi, the team will be strengthened.
“We hope Messi can bring the best out of his team-mates. We need them to give something extra so we can be a great team.
“We want them to realise that they are great players and that they need to step up so Argentina can return to the level that it once had in the past. It’s not Messi who has to step up.”
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