Coach Scaloni confirmed Messi’s injury concerns before the Copa America

In the early morning of June 10 (Vietnam time), 11 days before the 2024 Copa America started, Argentina defeated Ecuador 1-0 in the last friendly match before the tournament with the only goal scored by Angel. Di Maria.

At the post-match press conference, Lionel Scaloni spoke with an assessment of the combination of his students, as well as the definition of the official list of 26 players coming to the US.

“I think this was a good match for us and Ecuador as well. Although it was only a friendly match, it was very tense. We knew very well who our South American opponents were and their strength. I think we did what had to be done: tried to control, create situations,” Scaloni analyzed.

faavvvzaqqLionel Scaloni gave an interview after the match. Photo: TyC Sports.

He added: ” These matches always carry risks, be it injury or defeat. We try to prevent them from happening. In some cases, like the case of Nahuel Molina, we do not want risk, he is not 100% healthy”.

“For the remaining players, I think everything is fine. There are only a few days left to make the final list and we will do it based on what is best for the National Team.”

Why did Messi only play 10 minutes in the second half against Ecuador?

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Lionel Messi warmed up and played barely 10 minutes in this game. Photo credit: TyC Sports.
Lionel Messi came on as a substitute in the second half and played only 10 minutes in this match, prompting fears over El Pulga’s injury. Scaloni also clarified.: “There are times when it is not necessary to take risks, he is fine.”

“Not only for him (Messi) but also for the others. Otamendi also didn’t play. Angel played so well in the minutes he was on the field. Julian and Lautaro too. Enzo came back and had good moments. minutes of competition that we think are the most favorable for the recovery process. We need to be a little careful to ensure that they arrive at the Copa America in optimal conditions.”

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