Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni comments on Lautaro Martinez Barcelona move

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Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni commented on Lautaro Martinez’s rumored move to Barcelona.

Lautaro Martinez has been linked to Barcelona for several months. Per many reports, the Argentine is close to finalizing a deal and would be joining fellow team mate Lionel Messi at Barcelona. Current Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni spoke to Radio La Red where he commented on it all. Here’s what he had to say:

“For me, I’d like for Lautaro Martinez to play, to have continuity. But he’s young and he’s going to win a spot because he’s always running for more.

“He will have to sacrifice and he will have to win his spot. If Lautaro ends up going to Barcelona, I believe the coach (Quique Setien) will find a way to get him as a starter.

Lionel Scaloni was part of the coaching staff for the 2018 World Cup and he commented on why Lautaro was not selected:

“The Lautaro Martinez before Russia was not the one we have now. He has grown a lot. Today, he’s much more of a player. Just as much, he was in consideration until the last moment.”

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  1. Hope that Lautoro keep his feet on the ground; still a process to join Barca and need to work hard to compete with Griezzman, Suarez, Braithwaite, Ansu Fati and Dembele.

  2. Argentina players should not go to Real Madrid as we know how Real Madrid behaved with Di Maria during 2014 world cup.Go anywhere but not to Real Madrid

  3. Hope that Lautoro keep his feet on the ground; still a process to join Barca and need to work hard to compete with Griezzman, Suarez, Braithwaite, Ansu Fati and Dembele.

    Argentina need Lautoro for Copa and WC 2022

    • As per Marca, Scaloni also mentioned that “Three forwards can play together, with [Luis] Suarez and [Antoine] Griezmann.
      “In the Copa America, the commitment of Lautaro, Messi and [Sergio] Aguero was incredible.” I hope Quique consider this option as well.
      This may vary if Neymar also returns, but again Lautaro “the bull” has all quality to claim his position. Again, competition will help Lautaro to grow as well Argentina NT.

  4. Palacios career is not looking good at the moment even though he’s excellent , he’s been a sub at Leverkusen ever since he arrived almost , right now Leverkusen are losing 3-0 and wasn’t even brought on as a sub although someone on the bench in his exact position . 4-0 now .

    • Patience my friend, patience. I know it’s frustrating to see Palacios on the bench but the 3 times when he did start (2 in league 1 in cup) he was excellent so I think with patience and commitment he will prove his worth.
      Remember that it wasn’t looking good for Celso but few of us on this board said that he’ll win his place because he’s got the talent and he did. Also remember that when Fabinho came to Liverpool he didn’t start for the first 8 games (didn’t even play in the first 6) and this was a notable, expensive transfer but eventually he found a position and became a starter, I know Fabinho isn’t Argentinian but the example still stands.

    • I didn’t watch the game but I was happy to see Leverkusen lose 4-1 with Palacios on the bench. Hopefully the coach can start reconsidering his midfield now. Palacios needs to be a starter.

      • Hopefully man , it’s frustrating because you know he is excellent and deserves to start , hopefully by next season he’ll be a starter .

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