‘Giving Messi a break would be no bad thing’ – Kempes

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Giving Lionel Messi a break from international duty with Argentina “would not be a bad thing”, claims World Cup winner Mario Kempes.

As the Barcelona talisman is enduring all too familiar struggles, with the Albiceleste lying at the bottom of the group with 1 point from their opening two games.

And it appears unlikely that Leo will be able to win an International trophy for his country.

Lionel Messi

Kempes believes that removing Messi from the fold may actually prove to be beneficial for the team, as he told TyC Sports

“We have not known for many years how best to play. The story keeps being repeated. You cannot see a system or a team. You can’t see anything.”

“What would happen if this national team took Messi out? Why do not we take him out and form a selection without Messi, and see if the players who are very good at their clubs bloom.”

“I think that giving Messi a break would not be a bad thing.”

Kempes added: Messi wants to give everything, but the years go by and he feels tired. He has done everything possible to win something with the national team.

“There is a Messi dependence. He’s the best in the world and they all look to give the ball to him, it’s a lack of personality.”

“We cannot pretend that Messi will solve all the problems. He cannot carry everything on his shoulders. It’s a big problem in Argentina.”

“It’s impossible to replace him. You will not find another Messi, but you can train a team without having the best in the world. It can go wrong, but with him there is no personality.”

Argentina will be back in action on Sunday when they face Qatar, in a do or die match.

Where a victory is needed for them to have a chance to qualify for quarter finals of the Copa America 2019.


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