On Wednesday at 00:30 CET, Argentina take on Brazil as the top two of their group clash in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup at Qatar.
They will do so with Lionel Messi as they seek to gain qualification, which is still not guaranteed.
“The other day he was good on a physical level, but we decided that in the end it would be best for him to play a few minutes and get a good feeling,” Scaloni said, after Messi played 14 minutes as a substitute against Uruguay.
“For tomorrow [referring to the Brazil game], it’s confirmed that he will play, so we hope he feels good.”
Another doubt for the Argentine side is Leandro Paredes, Messi‘s teammate for both club and country, who has been struggling and has not played for Paris Saint-Germain since September.
“Leandro has trained normally for the past three days, so in theory he’s good, but we’ll have to evaluate if we include him in the final squad or not as we have one more training session and it’ll be a last minute decision,” Scaloni said.
The coach also explained that Paulo Dybala and Julian Alvarez are expected to be available, having been treated for a knock and a strain respectively.
“It’s a very difficult game because it’s the team who lead the qualifying group, who are already qualified, in fact, but it’s different to a final,” the coach explained as he analysed the game.
“The final is just that, a final, and has other factors. We’re going to face up to a rival, it must be said, that has everything clear, the most direct Brazil team in years.