La Albiceleste are the reigning Copa America champions and head into the World Cup in Qatar on the again of a 33-match unbeaten run. Many contemplate Lionel Scaloni’s crew to be among the many favorites for the title alongside the likes of Brazil and France.
Some additionally consider this yr’s event presents the ultimate probability for Lionel Messi to carry the well-known trophy. The Argentina captain is already 35 and there are query marks over whether or not he’ll compete within the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Whereas Messi’s current kind means that he may take La Albiceleste all the best way, Desailly did not sound completely satisfied about the identical. The 1998 World Cup winner stated throughout an interview with L’Equipe (as quoted by PSGTalk):
“Messi stays an distinctive participant, however he by no means made a World Cup like Maradona in 1986. He is ready to defy the weather if the opponent provides him area as a result of he’s a ‘killer’.”
Desailly went on so as to add:
“However in a World Cup, there aren’t any coincidences. You want continuity in efficiency and I don’t consider that one particular person can nonetheless maintain a crew and make the distinction in a complete event.”
He continued by stating that Lionel Messi’s supporting solid might not have the ability to rise to the event in Qatar:
“It was already sophisticated, however from my technology, it was now not attainable. And I don’t assume the gamers round Messi can increase their stage. In such a context, there’s a decompression. When you’ve gotten gamers who are usually not prime flight, they lose their talents over the matches.”
The Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) ahead notably got here near profitable the FIFA World Cup again in 2014. Nevertheless, Argentina misplaced to Germany in extra-time after a fairytale run to the finals.
Lionel Messi and Argentina will compete of their remaining two fixtures earlier than the FIFA World Cup this month
After an thrilling begin to the 2022-23 membership season, a number of gamers have joined their nationwide crew camps for his or her remaining few fixtures earlier than the FIFA World Cup.
Lionel Messi and Argentina will compete in two friendlies within the ongoing worldwide break. They are going to tackle Honduras in Florida on September 23 earlier than going through Jamaica in New Jersey on September 27.
Messi will enter these two matches having scored 5 occasions and assisted twice in his final two matches for the nationwide crew. The Argentine has additionally recorded six targets and eight assists in 11 matches throughout competitions for PSG this season.
Argentina shall be eager to increase their present unbeaten streak and construct some momentum forward of the World Cup. La Albiceleste have been drawn in Group C alongside Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia.