Argentina-born coach Martino, who coached Messi barcelona During the 2013–14 campaign, he was blunt in his assessment of his former player’s exclusion from the tournament.
“What would you do in my place? I know where I was born, I’ll tell you the year, the name of the hospital, the area code of the city,” Martino said at Friday’s prematch news conference. “But I must do everything possible to conquer Mexico.”
Another defeat for Argentina would mean an early exit from the tournament for the team, which is considered as one of the favorites to lift the trophy.
It would also mean another edition of World Cup failure for Messi who said so He is playing his last tournament.
Martinho doubted he could do much to stop the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s efforts.
“Barring him, it’s more often because he has a bad afternoon than what we can do,” Martino said. “The best footballer in the last 15 years, at least.”
Fellow Group C members Poland and Saudi Arabia will take to the pitch at the Education City Stadium earlier in the day before Mexico take on Argentina on Saturday.
After the weekend, Mexico will close out their group stage run against Saudi Arabia (November 30) at Lusail Stadium, while Argentina face Poland (November 30) at Stadium 974.