"Without Messi, Argentina is still a powerful team"

Oscar Washington Tabárez, Uruguay coach, expressed that the Argentine National Team continues to be “powerful” even if Lionel Messi cannot play in the classic on Friday due to physical discomfort.

“Argentina, although there are changes in its structure and the coach (Lionel Scaloni) cannot count on a starter, even if it is Messi, it is still a powerful team “, declared the Master at a press conference.

“We will work to try to limit it, which we did not do well after the first half hour of the game that was played in Buenos Aires, “he pointed out about the 3-0 defeat against Argentina a month ago at the Monumental, with goals from Messi, Rodrigo De Paul and Lautaro Martinez.

“It was a negative experience but it is also part of a story,” he added. facing the rematch that they will play for the date 13 of the Qualifiers on Friday at 20 at the Campeón del Siglo stadium, in Peñarol.

Tabárez assured that does not think about its continuity despite the exit rumors that emerged after the defeats suffered against Argentina (0-3) and Brazil (1-4).

“Just as the bad results are those that generate certain risks and discontent, the good results are those that many times put things in their place. I do not think about that, inside I question myself much earlier than anyone who does it from the outside, I think I have that self-criticism, the way is to try to do things, not to waste time justifying myself, I don’t feel like I have to do it, “explained the 74-year-old coach.

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“The decisions that can be made, of which much has been said previously, I do not make them, those decisions are made by the people who are on the board. I have a current contract, I have had it for 15 years and my obligations are specified there, “he added.

The Uruguayan team is located currently in the playoff zone (fifth with 16 points, one unit from the third Ecuador and with the same points as the fourth Colombia) and still aspires to direct qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, reserved for the first four from South America.

The fixture favors him to a certain extent since, of his last six games, he will only face one of the first four, Argentina (25). After the classic, Uruguay will visit Bolivia (12) on Tuesday 2016 while it will resume action in 2022 with Paraguay (12) as a visitor, Venezuela (7) at home, Peru (11) at home and Chile (13) as a visitor.


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