Messi versus Lewandosky. It’s a challenge in tonight’s match in Qatar where Argentina and Poland challenge each other for the passage of the round in Group C. The Europeans could theoretically even settle for a draw; while the South Americans, in order not to risk, must absolutely win.
Saudi Arabia is playing a historic qualification against Mexico which, for its part, by winning, in case of defeat by Argentina, could go through.
Before taking the field, the ranking sees Poland in the lead with 4 points; Argentina and Saudi Arabia with 3, and Mexico with 1 point.
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Argentina is playing everything, Scaloni ‘we win’. Decisive match tomorrow. Poland coach, ‘Messi is like Tomba’
Having recovered from the defeat against Saudi Arabia by beating Mexico, Argentina is still not sure of qualification, and only a success tomorrow, in the last match of Group C against Poland, would guarantee the certainty of passage to the round of 16 of the World Cup. Albiceleste coach Lionel Scaloni stated it clearly today, in the press conference on the eve, admonishing him about the strength of Lewandovski and his teammates, but at the same time launching the challenge. “Poland has excellent players, we will have to take our precautions. It will be a very complicated match, we know that well. I’m not saying we will try to do it, but that we will win this match. It is our goal and that is what we want.”
The good conditions shown by the team in the second match made the Argentine coach confident, with Lionel Messi breaking the deadlock and handing the ball for the second goal to Enzo Fernández, who according to Scaloni “entered very well in the two matches. It’s a option that we manage. A coach must be used to making changes, looking for the improvement of the team. We plan the game according to what we need for our team.”
Confidence in a good match was also expressed by Lisandro Martínez: “Poland are a very tough opponent, they are very solid in defense and have very important players. Tomorrow we have to do our job and trust in what we have done. The team against Mexico he responded very well”. On the other hand, the Polish coach Czeslaw Michniewicz flaunted greater calm, given his position in the standings, which allows his national team to be able to qualify even with a draw. But there is the ‘variable’ Messi: “On the pitch he is like Alberto Tomba on a ski slope – it was the excellent comparison – and if he starts in slalom it is difficult to stop him.
Everyone tries but he keeps scoring and providing assists. I went to the stadium to watch Argentina-Mexico. I appreciated the defensive tactics of the Mexicans, who left Argentina with very few chances. The problem is that when you have Messi you don’t need many chances”. And on individual matches, he warned that “this match is Poland-Argentina, it’s not Leo Messi against Robert Lewandowski. They are two fabulous players but I won’t say who is the best. I am very happy with our defensive work. Now we want to move forward.”