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Sampaoli won’t risk Messi and Dybala

  • October 05, 2017

Jorge Sampaoli has ruled out pairing Lionel Messi and Paulo Dybala in a Argentine side for their essential World Cup qualifier with Peru.

La Albiceleste are now fifth in a South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) qualifiers, with dual games to play.

Failure to win in Buenos Aires on Friday, or opposite Ecuador on Wednesday could potentially see them destroy to validate for subsequent year’s showpiece in Russia, or during a really slightest allege to a inter-confederation play-offs.

Ahead of confronting a fourth-placed Peru, Sampaoli explained that Messi and Dybala haven’t worked together adequate to be an effective pair.

He said: “As there is no time to work a Dybala-Messi relationship, we should go to something some-more concrete.”

Dybala had formerly pronounced that he found it tough to play with Messi as they occupy identical positions on a pitch.

And commenting on a Juventus striker’s comments, Sampaoli continued: “I don’t see as something bad what Dybala said. He pronounced that he was happy to play with Messi, though he only did not find his place.

“Leo [Messi] needs to pierce in a margin routinely as he does with his club. To invent a position so as he can rise a complement or to structure him, that would be crazy.

“When we use 4-2-3-1 arrangement he is even serve forward, always nearby a box. Being divided from a box puts a best actor distant from a scoring positions and that is what he does best in his club.

“It is my pursuit to make him know that he is critical in a finishing, in a final third of a pitch.”

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