Lionel Messi and Jorge Sampaoli, captain and former coach of the National Team during the frustrated experience in the last World Cup Russia 2018, they will meet again this Sunday inside a playing field when Paris Saint Germain visit to Marsella Olympic in the classic of the League 1.
The most popular game in French football, the first for the Argentine star since his arrival from Barcelona at the beginning of the season, will be played at the Stade Vélodrome from 15:45 (Argentine time) with transmission of ESPN.
To the seasoning that the presence of Messi supposes in a classic, on this occasion the figure of the always controversial Sampaoli is added, a DT who is not remembered for having managed in a good way the resources of the Argentine team in the last World Cup.
Argentina, in addition to its early elimination in the round of 16 at the hands of later champion France, left Russia in a Coexistence crisis between Sampaoli, his coaching staff and the footballers.
Javier Mascherano, a reference for that Argentine squad, acknowledged some time later that “it was clear that the team did not feel comfortable” with the coach’s methods, something that was raised in a talk in which the former footballer himself participated in the World Cup.
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Sampaoli did not want to relive that story in the previous OM-PSG classic when he stated that “no time for memories, only for the present”At the press conference he gave on Friday.
The Santa Fe recalled that Messi had to face him and direct him, so he knows his football skills very well, at the same time that he regretted not having a good “context to enjoy it” during his time with the Argentine national team (2017-2018), which occurred at the end of a serious institutional crisis in the AFA.
“What particularly worries me today is preparing my team in the little time I have. Know what to do in an extremely competitive game. There is no time for memories, there is only time for the present ”, he assured.
Casilda’s coach, Santa Fe, will also meet again with Ángel Di María, another of the Argentines from PSG who was part of the “albiceleste” squad in Russia.
In the previous one, he also questioned the disparity posed by the economic potential of the capital’s team: “Today in the world, football is very important even in politics and the economy. A country can buy a club and have the best players, and that makes it even more difficult for those teams that don’t have that parity out there ”.
“Bringing together Mbappé, Messi, Neymar, Di María and a lot of footballers of that level can only be done by the power of a country that buys a club. Honestly, both Mbappé and any of these players that I am naming in one play it can change the history of a match anywhere, “he completed.
How is PSG in Ligue 1
PSG, leaders of Ligue 1 with 27 units, will visit Marseille (third, with 17) at the Stade Vélodromo, where they have remained undefeated since November 2011.
The star team of Argentine Mauricio Pochettino has a 9-point advantage over guard Lens and also leads his group in the European Champions League, a competition in which they beat Red Bull Leipzig of Germany (3-2), last Tuesday , with a double from Messi.
PSG once again have the Argentine striker Mauro Icardi after the love conflict with his partner Wanda Nara, who missed him from three training sessions and the game against Leipzig.
The striker from Rosario, who was reinstated in the squad last Thursday, “is a psychologically strong player, he is well, he is available and happy to return to the team,” said Pochettino this Saturday.
In addition, PSG will have the Brazilian star Neymar, recovered from an annoyance, who was also not in the international game with Leipzig, and will keep Argentine Leandro Paredes out of consideration, injured in his last participation with the selected team.