Miami (USA), Sep 22 (EFE) .- Lionel Scaloni, Argentina coach, will line up an eleven without too many changes this Friday in Miami against Honduras with Lionel Messi at the helm, as he said this Thursday in the DRV PNK Stadium, the home of Inter Miami.
The friendly match between Argentina and Honduras will be played this Friday at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, and the presence of 75,000 spectators is expected in the stands.
According to Scaloni, the Albiceleste “will play the same way, whoever plays, there may be two or three changes but the basis is the same.”
And on that basis, if there is an untouchable piece, that is Messi, who will once again be the starter and captain: “He always wants to play, he will always do it with me, unless something happens he will play and he will be in the pitch always.”
His moment with PSG is also valued very positively by Scaloni: “He has taken a step forward in his team, we are happy for his present”.
It is the first time that Messi will play in Miami with the albiceleste jersey, something that has been noted in the large presence of Argentine fans, most of them immigrants living in South Florida.
Already in training this Thursday were hundreds of fans who encouraged the Argentine team and its star.
The main doubts that the coach handles are in two specific positions, on the one hand who will make up for the absence of ‘Cuti’ Romero, blocked in Argentina due to problems getting his visa.
“His situation bothers me because he would like to have him here and he is stuck in Argentina with the visa issue, he cannot travel. It is a problem because it is the last date to be able to get together and train and we have not been able to have him,” Scaloni added. .
The one who did arrive and it seems that he will start this Friday at the Hard Rock Stadium is Lisandro Martínez, whose companion in the rear could come from between Germán Pezzella and Nicolás Otamendi.
The other doubt lies in the left side, where Scaloni has the options of Nicolás Tagliafico and Marcos Acuña. He did not reveal at a press conference who would be chosen, but it does seem that both will be the ones who will finally go to Qatar.
Of those present, the only one who exercised on the sidelines was Paulo Dybala, with muscle discomfort, it does not seem that he will count for the game against Honduras and would be a doubt for next Tuesday in New Jersey against Jamaica.
Regarding the risk of injury with the World Cup so close in time, Scaloni was not concerned about the toughness that Honduras could show this Friday: “I never saw rough play from Honduras, not at all. There is a referee and he will have to make decisions. Hopefully it will be a good show for the people who come to see it.”
In front, a Honduran team led by Diego Vásquez, who has won both games since he has led ‘La H’, against Canada and Curaçao last June for the Concacaf Nations League.
“It’s a game to be very good, get the best out of each one, take advantage of the experience and continue building everything that we started in these Nations League games and that were very positive. Now we have to continue”, said Vásquez when explaining the approach with which they focus the friendly with Argentina.
There is a current of pessimism in Honduras about a possible win against Argentina in this match, which the coach wanted to stop at all times: “We are very positive, we do not think about negative scenarios, in the cycle of the game we will see what happens. That pessimism is going to become our pride, in playing a good game. We have to get that character and courage that we have to have”.
Regarding the fact of playing against his country, Vásquez did not hide that it is a special match: “Logically it is nice to face the country where I was born, and represent the country where I lived and played almost my entire career.”
(c) EFE Agency