Football. Before the World Cup in Qatar. Lionel Messi is pressured by his son football news

Before the start of the World Cup, Lionel Messi does not want to think beyond Argentina’s opening match against Saudi Arabia. His son Thiago is putting the 35-year-old under a lot of pressure ahead of the World Cup.

“That’s a mistake, isn’t it?” the football star said in an interview with the Argentine sports newspaper. Ole to the reporter’s speculation that Denmark or current champion France could be Argentina’s opponent in the 1/8 finals. “We have to focus on the first match,” emphasized Messi. It has a fundamental impact on the further course of the tournament in Qatar.

The last World Cup started with a defeat

In 2018, Argentina drew 1-1 with Iceland in their opening match. After losing 3-0 to Croatia in the final, they still progressed to the last 16 thanks to a 2-1 win in their last group game. But then it was already over against eventual world champions France in the first knockout round. In 2014, when Argentina lost to Germany in the final, the Albiceleste started the tournament with a 2-1 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Argentines start in Qatar on November 22 against Saudi Arabia ranked 51st in the world, the South Americans are third behind Brazil and Belgium. On November 26, the opponent is Mexico, and after four days at the latest, a decision will be made about the promotion of the world football player Robert Lewandowski against Poland.

World Cup 2022

  • Date: November 21 – December 18
  • Location: Qatar
  • Opening match: Qatar-Ecuador (Group A) on November 21
  • Final: December 18
  • Schedule: 64 World Cup matches in 8 groups and a knockout stage
  • Game mode: round robin (8 groups with 4 teams each), knockout system (from round of 16)
  • Participants: 32 countries, Germany is in Group E
  • Ticket prices: 60 – 1417 euros

Messi wants to fight for victory in the World Cup

“We know we’re going to fight for the win, but we’re not champions from the start, like the Argentinians think,” Messi said, before recounting how son Thiago, one of three boys, was already busy and nervous with the opposition. “Honestly, he puts a lot of pressure on me,” Messi said with a laugh.

The Argentine superstar will be playing in his fifth World Cup. For the first time in Germany in 2006, he was part of the team of the world champions of 1978 and 1986. Of course, he also leads the 2022 squad, which national coach Lionel Scalloni announced on Friday.

Achilles tendonitis survived

Messi has recovered from an Achilles tendon infection and the 35-year-old is fit for Paris Saint-Germain’s clash with Auxerre this Sunday, PSG coach Christophe Galtier confirmed at a press conference on Friday.

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