Argentine-born coach Martino, who was Messi’s coach at Barcelona in the course of the 2013-14 marketing campaign, was blunt in his evaluation on knocking out his former participant from the match.
“What would you do in my place? I know where I was born, I’ll tell you the year, the name of the hospital, the city’s area code,” Martino instructed a prematch information convention on Friday. “But I have to do everything possible for Mexico to win.”
Whereas Mexico are heading into Saturday’s match at Lusail Stadium with a degree after a 0-0 draw with Poland, Argentina shall be determined to bounce again after a surprising 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener.
One other loss for Argentina would imply a shocking early exit from the match for the workforce which can be thought of as one of many favourites to win the trophy.
It will additionally imply one other version of the World Cup failure for Messi who has mentioned that he’s taking part in in his final match.
Martino was skeptical that he may do a lot to halt the efforts of the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“Stopping him, it happens more often because he’s having a bad afternoon than what we can do,” Martino mentioned. “The best footballer in the last 15 years, at least.”
Earlier than Mexico face Argentina on Saturday, fellow Group C members Poland and Saudi Arabia will take the sphere at Training Metropolis Stadium earlier within the day.
Following the weekend, Mexico will shut out their group stage run towards Saudi Arabia (Nov. 30) at Lusail Stadium, whereas Argentina will face Poland (Nov. 30) at Stadium 974.