Roberto Ayala: “We want an Argentina with Lionel Messi, not by Messi”

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Roberto Ayala gave an interview where he spoke about the Argentina national team, Lionel Messi and coach Lionel Scaloni.

Ayala, who played over 100 matches with the Argentina national team, is now part of the current Argentina team staff. Speaking in an interview with Goal, Ayala spoke about current captain Lionel Messi. Here’s what he had to say:

“In terms of the game, it’s obvious that he always was and is a leader. He’s a guy that likes to decide, that has no problem deciding the play, to finish it. Today, I see a very good combination. We hope to he able to help him, that the team gives him a hand too.

“We would like to have a team with Messi and not by Messi. The idea is to have players around him that could be empowered with him and that they too can take advantage of having him by their side.”

The former Argentina captain also spoke about Messi’s role being the captain:

“I see a man who took on the responsibility of being the captain both on and off the pitch. He’s in charge of marking this new generation with that sense of belonging that we also had.

“I think that’s what must be highlighted. It’s the place where he feels comfortable, he wants to be here and where he would like to win something with the Argentina national team.”

Regarding current Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni:

“It’s normal for someone to not have that experience (as a coach) to be put into doubt. I believe that the silence, the clarity, the way to make things normal has made it so that Lionel has earned that continuity. And obviously the results.”

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  1. I think Scaloni has already found his team, maybe still need some adjustment to do in defense but the core is here. It will be either 4312 or 442. We have already seen Scaloni replaced Messi by Dybala or Lo Celso when he is off. Obviously less good without Messi but the team can at least play in the same way. To make Messi’s life easier, I think we need a 2nd striker who can play on 1 wing, someone fast and straight forward. Lautaro and Aguero are of different style but too similar position.

  2. SCALONI NEEDS TO BUILD TEAM AROUND YOUNG AND ENERGETIC PLAYERS. FOOTBALL HAS CHANGED A LOT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF SEASONS. FOOTBALL HAS BECOME MORE PHYSICAL GAME COMPARED TO EARLIER. I THINK SCALONI SHOULD NOT COUNT ON KUN. HE WILL BE AN AGED PLAYER AND WILL BE OF NO USE TO THIS TEAM. SOME OF MY MUNDO FRIENDS DON’T AGREE WITH ME. BUT IT’S TRUE. JUST HAVE A LOOK AT WORLD CUP WINNING FRANCE TEAM. THAT TEAM WAS FULL OF YOUNG, ENERGETIC AND PHYSICAL PLAYERS. I THINK THIS IS THE BEST TIME FOR SCALONI TO ITEGRATE YOUNG STRIKERS LIKE GAICH OR NAHUEL BUSTOS IN PLACE OF KUN. I KNOW THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY COMPARISON BETWEEN KUN AND GAICH. BUT IN THE LONG RUN OR TO WIN QATAR WORLD CUP WE NEED ANOTHER PROLIFIC STRIKER IN PLACE OF KUN.

    • Aguero is the best striker in the world along with Lewandowski and no other striker close to their level how can one do foolish thing to drop Aguero or Lewandowski because both are 31, yes Maradona did dropping terrible winner Zenetti which was biggest mistake in 2010. If a player is world class, it will be crime to drop without any reason. Gaich isn’t even chance to sit on bench in Mid table EPL teams and you’re compare him to best striker in EPL

      • Agree. Aguero should be in the squad. Klose had to wait till 36 to lift a World Cup. And seriously we are talking about forcing 31 year old world class players for some “promised, talented” players who are yet to prove in a top level competition, forget being anywhere near to the level of Kun!

        Of course France had plenty of youngsters. But none of them was a result of National team chosing them over 30+ World Class (how many better 30+ players, France had forced to quit, to accommodate talents like our Gaich, I think 0)
        Every Youngsters in French squad made their career themselves. Starred in top top clubs, made their mark, like the way Argentinian Youngsters forced into the team before 2010)
        Role of NT is limited in growing talents. First we should understand that. Scaloni’s style of calling in-form players, without it affecting the team style is great. There are no un-touchabls into or out of the team. That’s a good thing. If Aguero is continuing his current level in football, there is no reason to throw him out of the team for Qatar World up in 2022.

    • Agree to insert young energetic players in the team ; it’s the right moment after Olympic and WCQ but never ignored the veteran shining players, as long they can deliver and compete in the modern football. And yes, football especially at international level are more physical rather than technical. Fitness is important issue !

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  4. I think this statement “we want to win with Messi” was echoed since his first time joining N/T as before that Menotti also said the same thing about Maradona; but sadly that the ‘we’ did not appeared till now and Maradona and Messi have to be the saviour repeatedly. “we” have to be re define itself otherwise the cyclus will keep repeated again, the ‘we’ team always cost the Albiceleste failure despite having the best player in the universe !

  5. Marchesin was just horrible for Porto while nehuen Perez played the 90 mins for famalicao, and got rating of 6.5 in the game according to sofascore.com, it is a bit bad rating tbh but at least he is young and getting full playing time in a good european league, a combination which is quite rare to exist for an argentine defender nowadays lol. Marchesin costed Porto a goal in a caballero-esque way, I hope he is excluded from scaloni’s considerations once and for all.

  6. When someone is more intelligent they turned into scientist and forget basics. There is a huge difference between club football and international. I saw after Euro 2016 final, even before the tournament too all every self proclaimed football experts criticized Deschamps and his tactics. Many told France can’t win the world cup despite so many talented players due to deschamps and made Brazil favorite due to Tite who is brilliant in tactics. Even after the appointment of sampaoli all football experts starts predicting Argentina wining the world cup and messi got the best coach.(I said beginning in the appointment) If someone mange a decent team in club football, he doesn’t have any limitation even mediocre budget one club get decent players from every position unlike International team. Apart from Spain 2010 team no footballing nation had best player in the every position that’s why del bosque tactics worked. Sampaoli doesn’t have a team like Spain, so he starts experimenting like mad scientist Argentina NT. Joachim Low is also a average coach but successful in International coaching because he knows to work under limitation. Deschamps also does similar and scaloni is not different. A good team selection is the key for success, then putting best 11, use good substitution in crucial time. Sampaoli was so mad when Argentina behind 4-2 score line and France parked the bus put meza and Dybala benched the whole match, pekerman was another mad scientist. Success in International level doesn’t require best manager who required top player in every position, Argentina have strong attack a sensible coach use it properly and scaloni doing the same.

  7. Players, coaches, and staff have all come out praising Messi’s leadership on and off the pitch. The guy has so done so much for players that isn’t easily visible because he doesn’t jump around like CR7 waiving his hands.

    Borderline crazy how haters still think he’s not a leader.

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