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'Flagbearer' Messi buckling down in spite of absence of shimmer, says Scaloni

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil- Lionel Messi has consented to forfeit his typical buccaneering style of play for more noteworthy's benefit of his group, Argentina mentor Lionel Scaloni said in front of Tuesday's crunch Copa America semi-last against Brazil.

Messi has not had the option to invoke the equivalent assaulting pizazz at the Copa America that he consistently delivers for Barcelona, scoring just a single objective in four recreations and attempting to make chances for his kindred assailants.

In any case, Scaloni accepts the five-times world player of the year can offer the same amount of significant worth to his nation as a workhorse.

"We are accustomed to seeing him score three objectives in each game and spill past five players, yet we are requesting that he accomplish something else and we are more than content with the activity he is doing," Scaloni told a news meeting on Monday.

"He has grasped the outstanding task at hand, he is our flagbearer."

Messi took steps to stop the Argentina group in the wake of losing the 2016 Copa America last to Chile on punishments and enjoyed a reprieve after the 2018 World Cup before coming back to the side in Spring.

Scaloni said his quality has revitalized the remainder of the squad.

"The players love Messi so much that occasionally they state they need to win the competition only for him," Scaloni said.

"The best player in football's history is deficient with regards to a trophy with Argentina, however we as a whole need to win, not simply him."

Scaloni has slashed and changed his side all through the Copa America yet appeared to discover a powerful equation in the 2-0 quarter-last win against Venezuela with Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero joining Messi in assault.

The mentor, who had never assumed responsibility for a group landing the Argentina position last August, affirmed Aguero would begin again yet said he had not yet settled on his last group for the semi-last, where they face an intense assignment.

Argentina lost the 2007 and 2004 Copa America finals to Brazil and have not won against their furious opponents in an aggressive game since a 3-1 triumph in a World Cup qualifier in 2005.

"Brazil are looking solid right now, they have been playing together for quite a while," included Scaloni.

"We want to experience, however they're at home, playing their Copa America and the numbers represent themselves."


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