Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni: “Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero will be here next month”


Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni gave a press conference where he spoke about a number of players, two of which were Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.

While confirming the starting eleven, Scaloni praised a few players, three of which will start on Sunday. Here’s what he had to say:

“I want to see Lucas Ocampos more. To me, he’s a very interesting player. We are happy with Agustin Marchesin, he’s a great goalkeeper.

“We have been watching Nicolas Gonzalez since he’s been with the Argentina U23 team. He’s an interesting player.

In regards to the team:

“The idea is to play with attacking players. With players that get to the penalty area.”

“We believe that this is the right way. We take decisions thinking about what is best for the team.”

Lionel Scaloni had this to say about Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero:

“Messi is not here due to suspension. Sergio Aguero is not here because he’s been carrying a problem and has not been training 100% with his club. Surely both will be here next month.”


  1. 2nd ACL injury in the space of two years, whether it’s the same knee or the other, it’s a devastating blow to both Mammana and the NT. The lad was just recovering after the 1st one and slowly getting into the action. It’s sickening and heartbreaking to say the least. The guy has huge potential. I don’t know what another ACL injury would do it his attributes and him, it may affect his pace but all that we can hope and wish is for him to fight and come back stronger. Still won’t write him off just yet.

  2. I m a huge fan of Nicolas Gonzalez…..he is the rare type of argentine forward who has speed and energy…..really looking forward to his development.

  3. I like the line up for today’s game. After Germany it’s normal to start Alario, Ocampos, Acuna. Little disappointed for Nico Dominguez not starting any of these games (especially if Pereyra did the starting eleven against Germany) but generally I like it.

  4. Acuna should not be a left back he is good in left mudfield and left wing back position.How Acuna cost us third goal against Croatia he can not defend deep, he is not well aware about off side trap.But recently he has been playing as LB in Sporting so we can not say he improved or not.

  5. Fucking reff ruined the game.
    Ascacibar should be included in U23 team if not the senior.
    Robertone is one hell of a midfield. Venezuela should start every match. Medina should play on the LB and Herrera on RB. Defense was solid apart from that mistake in first goal.

    • We had two fast players yesterday, Urzi and Lucas Rodriguez, but we lacked more creative passing. Not best day of Colombatto and Vera. Valenzuela brought something we missed in first half. Despite the red card I’m even more convinced that Gaich is big talent.

      With more luck we could win that.

  6. Nicolas Gonzalez…? I thought Nicolas Dominguez. What is special in Gonzalez..?
    I don’t understand that.
    Gonzalez as third forward..? Then okay.

    Gonzalez at wing..? When Lamela is there in the team why don’t you test him..? Scaloni doesn’t trust Lamela and Lanzini..?

    Buendia is clearly a better option than Gonzalez at wings. No… Buendia is the best young Argentine winger currently. Scaloni can’t be blinded on him.
    Ocampos and Buendia should be the wingers in the team. They are ready to track back and defend too.

    Zaracho, Dominguez and Buendia. You can’t keep them out for a long time. They deserved to be there in NT.

      • exactly Lamela is just an average player. I think he gets the Rojo type treatment from us fans. He isn’t as good as people make out. He is barely a starter at Tottenham. he showed a lot of potentials but didn’t live up to it.

        • The only position I would like to see Lamela is CM, B2B (for his physical strenghts). However ATM I don’t see him taking it over De Paul, Palacios, Lo Celso.

  7. Going forward Messi and Aguero needs to be always included in the team, even if they sit on the bench most of the time!! Next friendly against Ecuador should be last experimental match!! All the core players needs to play together as much as possible and only then we can develop a chemistry between our players. New players can be tested but in Sabella’s style.

  8. We have bad luck (probabay) wrongly annulated goal. First half was not that good iMO as our previous games. The second better with Valenzuela and Bustos coming.

    • even the mexican commentators were calling the penalty simulation. they are funny though. they want marchesin as captain lol.
      good to try out rodriguez but didn’t really contribute much and i think we missed something there.

  9. I’m excited to see Nicolas Gonzalez in the line up against Ecuador. He is a great forward but he can play offensive midfielder (Di Maria position) and Scaloni is gonna use him there.

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