Lionel Messi insists he has no issue with Argentine teammate Dybala

Lionel Messi

Messi is poised to return for Wednesday's worldwide friendly against Spain after sitting out last week's 2-0 victory over Italy.

Argentina, who beat Italy 2-0 in Manchester last Friday, will play Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D at the World Cup.

"It's not correct to say that Paulo is out of the World Cup", the Albiceleste boss said in his pre-Spain Press conference.

"It is impossible to teach him anything".

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea has been among those to criticise the ball set to be used at the finals in Russian Federation, but his coach knows the players will have to quickly get used to it if they are to perform at their best and advance from a group containing Portugal, Morocco and Iran. Speaking ahead of Spain's encounter against 2014 World Cup finalist, David de Gea feels it will be better if both teams feature a competitive line-up at Wanda Metropolitano.

"We made a decision to wait for this game [against Italy] to rest, but I'm optimistic about playing against Spain".




Sampaoli insisted he was not gambling over his captain's fitness by fielding Messi against Spain.

Despite Dybala's superb talent, the Juventus striker may miss out on World Cup selection. "If there was a risk, Leo would have said so".

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has said goalkeepers will have to get used to the World Cup ball before the tournament starts in June rather than complain about it following criticism from Germany's Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Spain's Pepe Reina. Moving from the right, when we cut inside, the whole pitch is in front of us.

"I was left with the choice to play against Italy and didn't, but I trained normally, I felt good, so I hope to play".

But Spain and Argentina fans hoping for a glimpse of him will be disappointed at the match in Madrid tonight.

At Juventus he plays just like me, we look for the same spaces.

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