Lionel Messi, captain of the Argentina national teamassured in a press conference that he arrives at the Qatar World Cup 2022 “in a great moment personally and physically”, with the confidence to achieve his “dream” in his “last” participation.
“I feel good physically. I have no problem”, asserted the attacker paris saint germainwho cleared up all doubts regarding his physical condition on the eve of the debut of the Albiceleste against Saudi Arabiameeting corresponding to Group C.
Messi I affirm that had a hit and that, “as a precaution”, he preferred to skip some training sessionbut he specified that “there is nothing strange” and that he will be in perfect condition to jump onto the grass of the Lusail Stadium.
The rosarino star affirmed that the group that has been created reminds him of that of Brazil 2014, when Argentina reached the Final, which they lost against Germany.
I don’t know if we got better (than in 2018), but we’ve just won (the Copa América) and that decompresses a lot and gives more peace of mind, it lets you work in a different way, people are not so on top of and pending results.
The group reminds me of 2014, very similar, a united group, which was clear about what it was doing on the pitch and how to go looking for it. That gives confidence when you go out to play.
Messi, 35 years old, assured that the Qatar World Cup will be “different” than the other four he has played in his career because “It takes place at another time of the season, with less preparation time.”
“But, a World Cup is always specialthe atmosphere that exists before the game”, he added.
The player claimed that has not made any particular preparation for this World Cup and that was limited toaccumulate the maximum number of minutes with your club.
I felt more comfortable with more minutes and that’s what I tried, I didn’t do anything special, I worked like I did all my career. It is surely my last World Cup, my last chance to achieve the dream that we all have.
Messi assured that Argentina should extend the streak of results that has been and that allows him to face the competition with less pressure.
We hope to continue doing what we have been doing for a long time with this group, which is growing game after game, which feels good in the squad and on the pitch.
In full swing with PSG and with the national team, Messi did not want to say if it is the best moment of his career, but stressed that he looks “more mature”, which leads him to “enjoy more of the present, every moment to the fullest”.
“I didn’t think so before. I just enjoyed playing and the games were so close, every three days, which did not give time. The next game would come soon and he wanted more, to keep winning. Important things went unnoticed. Today I am more aware,” he said.
Messi highlighted the moment the group is living, with many young figures that they will play their first World Cup and that they will have to “manage anxiety” that “it will last five minutes”.
“We will do what we do all this time, play, go find the game from the beginning, respecting the rival as we have been doing”, he commented.
Messi has become one of the images of the World Cupin which the flag of Argentina is one of the most seen in the Doha streets.
“It’s a beautiful thing many people who are not Argentine want Argentina to be champion, largely by me. I am grateful for the love I received throughout my career. This is one more sample. It makes me happy that many people want the same as me “he assured.
(With information from EFE)