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Xavi: "This is what could make Lionel Messi really angry..."

09 Octubre 2017, 04:37 | Cornelio Vivanco

Gareth Southgate checks out the artificial grass pitch during training at The LFF Stadium

Gareth Southgate checks out the artificial grass pitch during training at The LFF Stadium

Argentina will need to deal with that altitude and that is something that is very problematic. The midfielder revealed to the press that only thing that could make the Argentinian star really angry during the game.

For anyone who has been shortlisted in recent years, it must have been a fairly despondent experience.

I don't see it as a stain and it shouldn't be like that, ' Tabarez said when asked what effect missing the World Cup would have on Messi's career.

Jorge Sampaoli's side are sixth in the South American standings but a win over Ecuador would be enough to secure at least a play-off place, with Peru and Colombia, the two teams above them, playing each other. Under Zinedine Zidane, though, Isco has thrived, becoming virtually undroppable.

The veteran scored as Fernando Santos' team beat Andorra 2-0 on Saturday night - despite starting the World Cup qualifier on the bench.

Spanish newspaper AS have a Lionel Messi to Manchester City article in their Sunday edition. January would see the Catalans command a record-breaking fee for the player with AS claiming a bid of €400m has been mentioned. The permutations are several, but both teams know that a win will keep them alive, in Colombia's case guaranteeing progress to Russia, in Peru's at least the play-off.

The rate at which they score goals is really unbelievable.

The Catalan giants will be desperate to hang on to their talisman after seeing Neymar leave in a £198m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in August.

Of the current generation of English players, Harry Kane looks to be the most likely candidate to end that wait, particularly given his outstanding form this calendar year.

Not that many clubs could prise Messi from Barcelona before then.

This from a side that, besides Messi, boasts Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Paolo Dybala, Sergio Aguero and Mauro Icardi - a combined £300m (RM1669.27) of firepower in any transfer market.

Group leaders Brazil booked their Russia berth back in June and have 38 points - 10 more than second-placed Uruguay.

It is also said in the same report that Messi is happy with life in Barcelona, plus his family would not be keen on moving to England.

Argentina's current campaign, in stark contrast to the last World Cup cycle when they qualified comfortably and reached the final in Brazil, has been dogged by Argentine FA mismanagement, two changes of coach and poor results.

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