They face each other this Friday in the Albiceleste preparation match. 

They face each other this Friday in the Albiceleste preparation match. 

Lionel Scaloni, coach of Argentina, will line up an eleven without too many changes this Friday in Miami against Honduras with Lionel Messi in the lead, he said this Thursday at the DRV PNK Stadium, the home of Inter Miami. The friendly match between Argentina and Honduras will be played this Friday at the Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami, and the presence of 75,000 spectators is expected in the stands.

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According to Scaloni, the Albiceleste “will play the same way, whoever plays, there may be two or three changes but the basis is the same.” And on that basis, if there is an untouchable piece, that is Messi, who will once again be the starter and captain: “He always wants to play, he will always do it with me, unless something happens he will play and he will be in the court always”.

Messi, in Miami

His time with PSG is also valued very positively by Scaloni: “He has taken a step forward in his team, we are happy for his present”.

It is the first time that Messi will play in Miamiwith the albiceleste jersey, something that has been noted in the large presence of Argentine fans, most of them immigrants residing in South Florida.

They face this Friday in the preparation match of the albiceleste. 

Already in training this Thursday there were hundreds of followers who encouraged the Argentine team and its star. The main doubts that the coach handles are in two specific positions, on the one hand, who will make up for the absence of 'Cuti' Romero, blocked in Argentina due to problems getting his visa.

“His situation bothers me because I would like him to have here and is stuck in Argentina with the issue of the visa, he cannot travel.

It's a problem because it's the last date to get together and train and we haven't been able to have him”, added Scaloni.

Who did come and it seems that he will start this Friday at the Hard Rock Stadium< /b> is Lisandro Martínez, whose companion at the back could come from between Germán Pezzella and Nicolás Otamendi.The other doubt lies on the left side, where Scaloni has the options of Nicolás Tagliafico and Marcos Acuña.

He did not reveal at a press conference who would be chosen, but it does seem that both will be the ones who will finally go to Qatar. Of those present, the only one who exercised on the sidelines was Paulo Dybala, with muscle discomfort, it does not seem that he will count for the game against Honduras and would be a doubt for next Tuesday in New Jersey against Jamaica. Regarding the risk of injury with the World Cup so close in time, Scaloni was not worried about the toughness that Honduras could show this Friday:

“I never saw rough play from Honduras, not at all. There is a referee and he will have to make decisions. Hopefully a good show will come out for the people who come to see it.” In front, a Honduran team led by Diego Vásquez, who has won both games since he has led 'La H', against Canada and Curaçao last June for the Concacaf Nations League.

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“It's a game to be very good, get the best out of each one, take advantage of the experience and continue building everything that we started in these Nations League games and that were very positive. Now we have to continue”, Vásquez told the explain the approach with which they approach the friendly with Argentina.

There is a current of pessimism in Honduras about a possible win against Argentina in this match, which the coach wanted to stop at all times: “We are very positive, we do not think about negative scenarios, in the cycle of the game we will see what's going on.

That pessimism is going to become our pride, in playing a good game. We have to get that character and courage that we have to have”. Regarding the fact of playing against his country, Vásquez did not hide that it is a special match: “Logically it is nice to face the country where I was born, and represent the country where I lived and played almost my entire career.”


Argentina vs. Honduras
7 p.m. m.
TV: Directv Sports (610)

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