RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Argentina has Lionel Messi, historical past and kind going for it heading into its Copa America quarterfinal in opposition to Ecuador on Saturday.
Ecuador has but to win a match after three attracts and a loss, however Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has “most respect” for the workforce coached by his countryman Gustavo Alfaro.
“Ecuador is a dynamic, fast workforce, which may it make it exhausting for anybody. They’ve attention-grabbing gamers,” Scaloni stated.
Argentina topped its group with three wins and one draw, and Messi in nice form. The captain scored three targets within the 4 video games whereas setting a document for many Argentina caps.
Messi, not seemingly distracted by the tip of his contract with Barcelona, is benefiting from a workforce that enables him to be close to the penalty field as a substitute of getting the ball farther from the purpose.
However Scaloni nonetheless has choices to make earlier than the encounter at Olimpico Stadium in Goiania.
The primary is whether or not defender Cristian Romero, who has pains in his left knee, will play. The coach stated Romero’s alternative might be Germán Pezzella. There was additionally a problem between Nicolás Tagliafico and Marcos Acuña for left again.
Midfielder Leandro Paredes is anticipated to play, however Guido Rodríguez may nonetheless take his place after good performances.