Tata MARTINO: “Lionel MESSI will start”

Tata Martino

Tata MARTINO has confirmed that Lionel MESSI will start for Argentina on Saturday. Here are parts from his press conference:

“This group of players are used to decisive matches. The 7 at the World Cup and the 6 of the Copa America.”

“Lionel MESSI will start. I can’t say if AGUERO’s right about him starting on the bench. Both he and Gonzalo are incredible forwards.”

“We’re happy with BIGLIA’s recovery just like LAVEZZI and Angel (DI MARIA). I don’t know if he’ll start or not.”


  1. pallab

    With Messi on field playing from start of the game let opponent coach to park the bus forcefully by Messi ‘ s great presence.

    If messi not 100 %fit enough

    Make him play in second half. ….

    Start with Lamela Aguero Lavezzi upfront…..

    Don’t misunderstand me as I don’t want messi miss the full semi and final match

    We already lost Di maria
    Lamela must start

  2. vimaldass

    Yup we should give credit where it’s due..one glaring attribute of the team that he has majorly ameliorated is the players’ fitness which im pretty impressed with throughout the group stages…Martino has done well in the group stages imo…he’s learning from his past mistakes…now to go all the way and win the cup which will one shot prove all his doubters wrong..

  3. Archangel Gabriel

    Martino is very smart in the copa so far.
    He does not want to let the opponents know what his starting lineup will be until the last minute.

    He has really impressed me. He has rested players acordingly and won all the matches.

    I think and I hope, we will win the title this time.

  4. pablo dennison

    why risk di maria as he is not essential to us winning at all.

    1. Gonzalo

      And what if Di Maria will recover when he will catch another injury in crucial games when must to play for 100%. His muscles cracking under the strain of the challange.

  5. Caperjack

    I think it is clear that dmaria is available but not 100%

  6. Dfox1942

    Are we getting mixed messages here or is it just me?

    I thought Di Maria was a foregone conclusion until the final game?

    1. NoHateOnlyLove

      Di Maria has been running in training a lot for the past several days.

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