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Lionel Scaloni
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Club as Coach Argentina National Team [Head Coach]

2019 03 09 Retrieve

[Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni explains why superstar Lionel Messi is back in the fold for upcoming friendlies] It was a big disappointment the World Cup in Russia, and for [Lionel Messi] even more. The decision in the first six matches [of the Scaloni cycle] was that he did not come. Over time he saw that we grew up, he observed the way we play and he is happy. Messi wants to try it one more time

2019 05 29 Retrieve

[Lionel Scaloni discusses Lionel Messi ahead of Copa America] That Messi is magnificent, great, you know, there are no more adjectives for him. That is evident. Leo needs a team and the team needs him. That must be normal. Here he needs his companions. And we all need a team, commitment, the desire to win, to do something, always talking and thinking in plural. And Messi is the first to know, [that] he needs his team-mates. Here I have heard everything. That when he arrived well having won in his club, then he did badly in the national team. That if he does badly in Barcelona it is better because he arrives with a desire for revenge. There is no sense in either of them. They are speculations. I think that Leo feels comfortable in the national team and takes all the pressure off. Here there is no pressure of anything. You should only focus on having a good Copa America.

The goal is for Leo to feel that his team-mates will help him win and that he will help them win, too. I do not have ‘the’ formula. I think about what I would do if I were Messi’s partner, as I once was. In the day-to-day, in the locker room, you have to approach Leo and start by taking him as a normal person. I am convinced that everything starts there. Because the issue is not just on the [pitch]. This is much deeper. It is necessary that the players come to talk with Leo in the locker room, at breakfast… they have to realize that he is one of ours. If we get that, then everything will be easier on the [pitch].

[Messi has played once under Scaloni, a 3-1 friendly defeat at home to Venezuela in March] We lost that game and things did not go well. Afterwards, I had a very interesting talk with the players. They opened. It was very productive. It seems to me that there was a lot of progress. This is normal to happen. For many of these guys it’s a big step to be in the national team. And, on top of sharing it with Messi, much more. We already know that Leo has a special aura. Being by his side, watching him play, [it’s] not easy to assimilate. You have to let a few days go by. That’s why this time before the Copa America will be key to breaking that ice that I was talking about before. I think it’s going to happen naturally

2019 05 31 Retrieve

[Lionel Scaloni on his captain Lionel Messi] Leo needs a team and the team needs him. That must be normal. Here he needs his companions. And we all need a team, commitment, the desire to win, to do something, always talking and thinking in plural. Messi is the first to know, [that] he needs his team-mates

2019 06 07 Retrieve

[Lionel Scaloni hopes Lionel Messi can just produce ‘what he does every Sunday’ as Argentina target success at the Copa America this summer] If we have a good performance as a team and, in addition, Messi does what he does every Sunday, surely we will do well. We know that we have pure dynamite above, high goal players, so if we are solid, we will have many possibilities, these players were born to win, to compete at these levels, to make them understand what it means to play with This shirt is the easiest, they are used to all this.

[Scaloni is excited by the potential of his group of forward and hopes they can be put in positions to find the net regularly] We know we have pure dynamite up there. So, if we are solid, we will have many possibilities

[While Argentina will be expected to win, Scaloni isn’t taking anything lightly ahead of Friday’s friendly] We watched the last two games of Nicaragua, it’s a difficult team, it’s an important match for us

2019 06 15 Retrieve

[Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni joked he will retire if La Albiceleste win the Copa America in Brazil] If we win the Copa America, I will retire. This team reached two Copa America finals. It’s important to think about it and know that it’s very difficult to reach there and nothing was won. It will be very difficult and complicated. We are here to play all the matches and to show that these players can play with this shirt.

[Scaloni hailed Messi’s desire] I want to emphasise his enthusiasm to play football. He was born to play football, he was born to win. We are impressed by his enthusiasm and the fact he is here sharing that desire to win with us makes us enormously happy

2019 06 16 Retrieve

[Head coach Lionel Scaloni was angry at the state of the pitch in the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador] I found the state of the pitch regrettable, it was the first match there, I don’t want to imagine what will happen from here onwards. It leaves a lot to be desired for these players to play there

2019 06 19 Retrieve

[Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni insists the Copa America will only truly begin for the nation against Paraguay on Wednesday. Having slumped to a disappointing 2-0 loss to Colombia in their opener, Argentina are bottom of Group B and in danger of an early exit] The Copa for us is like it has not started yet. The group is doing well, assimilating the defeat as it should. We would have liked to have started in another way, but the players are clear that there are two games to play.

[Scaloni was unwilling to name his starting XI] I have several things in mind but there are players who are not 100 per cent, we will wait until tomorrow. We are going to wait for certain players who are not 100 per cent physically. Anyone has the possibility of being a starter, the decision is based on what we look for tomorrow, the consideration is the same for everyone

The idea is that tomorrow Gio (Lo Celso) will be in another position, where he feels more comfortable. No player likes to leave the team, but on the other hand, those same players are the first to add in. We will not have any problems with that

Most winning teams haven’t dominated as we did in those 30 minutes with Colombia. If we had scored, our situation would be different. Unfortunately, we didn’t score and paid for it

2019 06 20 Retrieve

[Lionel Scaloni admitted Argentina were ‘lucky’ to still be alive in the Copa America after a 1-1 draw with Paraguay on Wednesday] The solution is that we have to win. We are lucky to be alive. We have to look more like the second half, but be more balanced and thus be able to manage the game.

Our first half was not good, we played with desperation at times and we couldn’t control the play or create attacks. We had a very clear plan but couldn’t execute it as we kept losing the ball. They scored with their first attack and that caused us a lot of uncertainty. For a team like Argentina, which feels like it always has to win, the first blow is hard to take, but we assured the players at half time that it was just one goal

[Unhappy Martinez was substituted in the 67th minute with what was later described as a glute injury] I don’t know if it was the best version [before Martinez came off], but without a doubt it was the most dangerous. Sergio entered very well

: 2019 06 22 Unable to entice the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone or even River Plate’s Marcelo Gallardo, Claudio Tapia had little choice but to turn to Lionel Scaloni, an absolute novice who nevertheless came with the advantage of being extremely cheap and willing to put up with such a shambolic working environment

2019 06 23 Retrieve

[Argentina are bottom of Group B, below Qatar on goal difference, though a win and finishing third could be enough to tee Lionel Scaloni’s side progress] From a mental and psychological perspective, we’re in good shape because we have the possibility of progressing and if we win we’re in the next round. These young people need support, it’s too much pressure on them from life or death. It’s a football match, we have to win and that’s enough. I believe they need this support, we know what is happening, but they are young people who need this support and positive thinking to give the best and to make the climate the best possible.

[Asked if Paulo Dybala could play alongside Messi given their similarities] They can play together, they’re two top-level players and they need to work together, which they haven’t done much, but with compromise they could do it

2019 06 23b Retrieve

[Qatar vs Argentina. Scaloni said ahead of the clash against Qatar] The result of Brazil against Peru did not change us, because we should win and we are focused on that. Psychologically and emotionally we are well. I cannot criticise the players for their spirit, I do not think it’s a question of attitude or temperament. I think it’s a football issue.

[Although some fans calling on Argentina to put in an attacking display against a seemingly less-talented Qatar side, Scaloni appeared cautious of naming an imbalanced line-up] When you put more strikers in the side, you have problems and we have to compensate. If we decide to play like that, we have to take care of ourselves in another sector. We have to win and that’s what we’re going to do

2019 06 24 Retrieve

[Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said the pressure on his players made it feel like they were at war after a 2-0 win over Qatar earned them a place in the Copa America quarter-finals] We have things to improve but we are satisfied. We needed a game like that to gain confidence. Especially in the second half, we played without fear. We will have to adjust some things against other types of opponents.

[Scaloni came under fire after his players lost to Colombia and drew with Paraguay. He dismissed the impact of that criticism on him personally] I never think of myself. I always think of the national team. I would like the message to be different, to be balanced at the end of the tournament. Everything surrounding the national team should be more balanced. Sometimes, these guys go out to play a soccer game and they seem to go out and play a war. With the pressure on them sometimes it is difficult to play. The message should be that while playing in the Copa America we are all on the same side

2019 06 28 Retrieve

[Lionel Scaloni hopes Argentina can take confidence from their win over Qatar into their Copa America quarter-final against Venezuela] We think we’re good because we came from a win that gave us a significant emotional boost. It’s going to be a difficult game, but we are confident.

[Scaloni said he expected his team to be challenged by a Venezuela side that were unbeaten in Group A] Football has evolved. Nowadays, every team has difficulty

Sometimes, these guys go out to play a soccer game and they seem to go out and play a war. With the pressure on them sometimes it is difficult to play. The message should be that while playing in the Copa America we are all on the same side

2019 06 28b Retrieve

[Venezuela vs Argentina. Scaloni remains of the belief that his side represent a major threat as they chase a first Copa America crown since 1993] Any team in the world will feel something when they see Messi-Aguero-Lautaro Martinez. Starting from them we have to set our balance

2019 06 29 Retrieve

[Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni defended Lionel Messi, saying the star was still key to his team despite a quieter Copa America campaign] I think, along with many other people, that he [Messi] is an essential addition on the pitch. If you were here to see how much he contributes in the dressing room, how much he contributes on the pitch for his team-mates, maybe you would think differently. I can assure you he is a big part of the team, we have no doubts about that. Messi is Messi. He’s the best, above everyone else.

[Scaloni is excited by the meeting between the rivals, with hosts Brazil having edged past Paraguay on penalties] This match will be something beautiful to experience for all of you, for all football fans out there. For us on the bench, it will be harder. But it will be a beautiful game, very nice, and we will try to complicate things for them and try to win it.

2019 07 01 Retrieve

[Scaloni underlined when asked why his captain was not hitting his usual heights] Messi is Messi. Messi gives an essential contribution on the pitch and also in the dressing room

2019 07 02 Retrieve

[Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni confirmed Sergio Aguero would start for the Albiceleste in their Copa America semi-final against Brazil on Tuesday] What I can confirm is that Aguero is going to be a starter. It always comes out that the doubt is Aguero and he ends up playing. The rest is not confirmed, not even Messi

They are in an important situation. They have been playing together for a long time, the coach has been [in charge] for a long time. That is an advantage for them. Brazil are the favourites for the Copa, the rival that everyone wants to beat

2019 07 02b Retrieve

[Lionel Scaloni says Argentina are asking for a different style of play from Lionel Messi] We are used to him scoring three goals each game or dribbling past five opponents. We are asking for something else. We are more than satisfied with his work. He has embraced the workload, he is our flag-bearer

[Scaloni said his squad, who are coming off wins against Qatar and Venezuela, wanted to deliver for Messi] The players love Messi so much that sometimes they say they want to win the tournament for him. The best player in the history of football is missing a title with Argentina, but we all want to win, not just him

2019 07 02c Retrieve

[Brazil vs Argentina. If Messi is still feared in Brazil, Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni has been forced to defend him after a tournament that has yet to be touched by his magic] We’re used to him scoring three goals per match or for him to take out five players from the opposition, but I’m more than happy with him. The players have so much support for Leo that at times they say they want to be champions more for him than themselves. There’s no doubt the best player in the history of football is missing a trophy with the Argentina national team and it’s for that reason his team-mates say things like that

2019 07 03 Retrieve

[Lionel Scaloni felt Argentina deserved to win their Copa America semi-final against Brazil after suffering a 2-0 loss on Tuesday] On merit, the team that should have gone to the final was Argentina. We were superior to Brazil. We showed that this group of players feel the shirt like nobody [else]. We leave an image for the future of this national team and a very good way forward.

[Asked about his future at the helm, Scaloni - in his first management job - said it was not the time to discuss his position] I don’t think it’s time to talk about it, because that’s the least of my worries right now. I want to be with my players and share this hard moment

2019 07 03b Retrieve

[Brazil proved too strong for a developing Albiceleste side in Belo Horizonte. Coach Lionel Scaloni beamed after the final whistle] We showed without a doubt that this group of players feel the shirt like nobody else. Brazil were put under the cosh by Argentina at some points. It is the best game we played at this Copa because of the quality of the opponent and what we created. We played a complete game, but it was not good enough to go through. We felt we were superior but playing in the final was the key and we couldn’t do it

2019 07 06 Retrieve

[Argentina vs Chile. Manager Lionel Scaloni’s future has also been in question, but the 41-year-old is expected to stay on and feels he has done what was asked of him in the role so far] I do not feel as though I am on trial. I think my test has already passed. Bringing these players and making them play was my test, and I did it. What we came to do, we did. The match with Chile is important. We want to finish in the best way possible. Everyone is motivated.

> [Midfield anchor Vidal may not feature, but he doesn’t seem too enamoured with the prospect of third place anyway] It’s a match in which the third place is fought for, which is not important, it’s just to fulfil it. If we look at it coldly, there is not much desire to play for third place. We have to rest and try to get the best out of this cup. I’m sad for the group, but we’re still more united than ever

2019 07 06b Retrieve

[The coach came to Leo’s defence after he accused CONMEBOL of setting up the Copa in Brazil’s favour following a contentious sending off] I still don’t understand what it is Messi did to get sent off. I feel that we should be playing the final right now, but we got the consolation prize of winning the third-place game, which is the least we had to do. We believe that when one of us is hit we all are, in a football sense. You cannot look away when a team-mate is mistreated. We saw it with Leo and with others too. We built a team through our unity

The sensation from the game today is even stranger than the other day. I still don’t get the criteria for VAR in this Copa. Either the criteria is wrong, or [the referees] cannot agree on anything. I think that they still are unsure about the VAR system

2019 07 07 Retrieve

[Messi’s coach with the national team, Lionel Scaloni, admitted that he was unsure why the 32-year-old received his marching orders] I still don’t understand what it is Messi did to get sent off. We believe that when one of us is hit we all are, in a football sense. You cannot look away when a team-mate is mistreated. We saw it with Leo and with others too. We built a team through our unity

2019 07 30 Retrieve

[Lionel Scaloni will take charge of Argentina in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup] The executive committee of the AFA decided to give continuity during the next qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar that will begin next year, to the selection project headed by Lionel Scaloni.

: 2019 08 02 Lionel Messi has been suspended from Argentina’s next three matches and given a $50,000 by CONMEBOL for his controversial comments made during the Copa America

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Argentina vs Chile. Lionel Scaloni selected a youthful squad for the Albiceleste’s first outing since the Copa America and felt the less-experienced players adapted well to the international arena] We wanted to give the younger players minutes. With the game in progress, they usually enter much calmer. That was the idea. It makes me happy that the new players didn’t notice the weight of the shirt. We always want to win but the important thing was the performance, which was good at times

2019 09 10 Retrieve

[Argentina isn’t relying on history or taking Mexico lightly] We’re facing a national team that has a certain level of quality. For me, Mexico surely will be among the best in a short time. He has a very clear idea of how he wants to play, and it’s really important to play against this team. I’m sure it’s going to be a tough team for any national team to play. It’ll be complicated

2019 09 10b Retrieve

[Mexico vs Argentina. Lionel Scaloni, the man who led Argentina to an unconvincing third at the Copa America this summer, is wary of his adversary in the opposite dugout] For us, this game is a good measure of where we are. Martino has a very clear game plan and that’s why it’s so important to be 100% against Mexico. I’ve no doubts that they’ll be a very difficult opponent for any team in the world

[After a scoreless draw against Chile, the coach was again forced to defend his squad selection] If we only thought about getting results, the panel would have been different. The result is important, but in these friendlies it should not come before everything else. We wanted to see several young players

2019 09 11 Retrieve

[Speaking prior to the match where Argentina win 4-0 against Mexico, Scaloni stressed the country deserved more credit for its performances over the past few years, despite them failing to claim silverware] From 2014 to 2016 we played three finals. The line is very thin. To say that Argentina failed, it’s complicated. It seems that not leaving as champion is worthless. The line is very thin. I would not throw so much in the trash. Everyone who comes to the national team shows incredible self-love. They give everything for this shirt

2019 09 24 Retrieve

[Lionel Scaloni says Lionel Messi will remain the best player in the world for as long as he wants to be] It’s normal Messi won The Best, because he is the best. He will remain the best as long he wants, has the capacity and is physically able. He is magical, and he is a player who, while we can enjoy him, it would be great if everyone valued him, because there will be no one else like him

He is suspended but he is part of the squad. Leo is delighted with his team-mates. We hope he brings joy to the people, which is the most important thing

[Messi thinks it was the right decision and backed the 41-year-old to be a success] He’s a coach who has things clear in his head, who knows how to watch football and is very good at getting things across. He’s easy to understand, he’s good at his job and he knows how to handle the players. I think they got it right in giving him the job permanently and the space and time he needs to work with the national team

2019 10 09 Retrieve

[Lionel Scaloni believes Lautaro Martinez and Paulo Dybala are the future of the national team] I think they will be called up to the Argentina national team for many years and in this change and re-structuring, they are the ones who should hold the flag up high. They are good friends and more importantly the future of this shirt. Last Sunday’s game was very good and we hope they play well together. They [Germany] have great players that are out due to injury but we do as well and they are just as important as their players. It’s a challenge and many of them who will go out tomorrow will find out if they are capable of playing. I believe this is the last step in finalising our squad and seeing who we have

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[When asked if it was the best showing of his tenure] Possibly, yes, considering the opponent, but we had great games before, with our attitude. What stands out, aside from the performance, was the attitude of wanting to overcome the score and not give the match away. That was our team’s greatest virtue in the second half. It was a complicated match at 2-0, and it could’ve ended badly for us, but we read the match properly.

What we were supposed to do in the first half didn’t happen. In the second half it did. We’ve matured lot, that’s what these matches are all about; growing for the future, with complicated things ahead. I think it [the second half] was the same as the first half, with the distinction that we didn’t commit any mistakes at ball clearances. We had four mistakes in the first period; two of them were goals, the other two weren’t.

In these kinds of games, what matters is the functionality over the score. Logically, if we don’t lose, it’s better. The score comes second, most important is the performance. In the second half, I’ll say it again, we saw another Argentina, a more decisive Argentina that knew what to do. But the first half needs to be properly analysed. There were mistakes and if we could erase those mistakes, the performance wasn’t bad. Logically, Argentina were superior in the second half, so we must point out the good aspects and correct the bad ones from now on

2019 10 13 Retrieve

[Lionel Scaloni says Argentina captain Lionel Messi will make his return from suspension in November] Messi is not here due to suspension. Sergio Aguero is not here because he’s been carrying a problem and has not been training 100 per cent with his club. Surely both will be here next month

[Scaloni has already named his line-up for the match against Ecuador, with Agustin Marchesin, Juan Foyth, German Pezzella, Walter Kannemann, Marcos Acuna, Nicolas Gonzalez, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Lucas Ocampos, Lucas Alario and Lautaro Martinez all starting] The idea is to play with attacking players. With players that get to the penalty area. We believe that this is the right way. We take decisions thinking about what is best for the team

2019 11 14 Retrieve

[Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has opened the door to a potential return to the national team for Mauro Icardi, with the 26-year-old in fine form for new club Paris Saint-Germain] He is a player that we have in mind. He is playing again and gathering momentum after not having done so at the end of last season, and it is important that he is scoring goals. He was always on our agenda, but not for the moment because there are others who are doing well. At any time he could return. The door is always open for the best

The last two games of ours, against Germany and Ecuador, we didn’t play the same as against Brazil in the cup. For sure we will copy some things with respect to the last match against Brazil, but the games are different

2019 12 04 Retrieve

[Lionel Scaloni says Argentina needs Copa America more than just Messi] I don’t know if it will be the last. Hopefully not. But Argentina need the title, more than just him. Hopefully, don’t promise anything, but we’ll give the maximum to reach the final

[While tempers flared on that occasion, Scaloni believes the rematch is an ideal way to kick off their campaign] It’s a nice game to start. Anyone would have been difficult because the debut is always difficult, but this one has a special feeling. Chile has always been difficult for Argentina, especially in recent times. Difficult, but we are fine

[Argentina will also face the Socceroos in their group with the invited nation eager to upset Messi’s side on their own turf] We’ve got Argentina lined up in our sights. We coach the team to go out there with the mentality of winning the game. Nothing will be different. Why can’t we go out there and shock the world and beat Argentina in their own country? That’s the expectation. Top four is our first goal, yes, to get through to the quarter-finals

2020 02 14 Retrieve

[Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni believes Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is comfortable at the La Liga champions] I see him [Messi] fine. The other day, against Real Betis, he was the best player in the field without scoring. He gave the assist and participated of every chance. He’s fine, he’s comfortable, he will have to decide on his future but I think he’s comfortable. I’m not worried at all. He’s comfortable, he’s comfortable at the national team and at Barcelona. Then what will come will come, I stay out of it

I think the important thing is to try [to win the Copa America], that he knows we’ll try and be protagonists. He [Messi] is not the only one that wants to win something with the national team, we all want to win, the coach, his teammates, so well, we’ll try and let’s hope we can make it

2020 04 10 Retrieve

[Will Lionel Messi play at Copa America 2021?] I don’t know if it will be the last [tournament Messi plays with Argentina] Hopefully not. But Argentina need the title, more than just him. Hopefully, don’t promise anything, but we’ll give the maximum to reach the final

2020 05 20 Retrieve

[Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni wants Lautaro Martinez to play alongside international team-mate Lionel Messi at Barcelona] Lautaro today is the fashionable striker, the one who every big team wants. He is already with a big team, which competes equally with other teams and it will be very difficult to get him out of there. If Lautaro is lucky enough to go and play with a team-mate like Messi at Barcelona, for us (Argentina), the more they play together the better. Lautaro is a young player with an incredible future. He is strong and has a great desire to succeed. I don’t want to interfere, but if he does change clubs I hope he does well

2020 05 26 Retrieve

[Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni says Lautaro Martinez will have to earn his place at Barcelona if he leaves Inter] If Lautaro gets to go to Barcelona, ​​I think the coach [Quique Setien] is going to look for a way to start him, he is going to have to sacrifice and earn his place. Taking Lautaro out of Inter is not going to be easy … I would like Lautaro Martinez to play, to have continuity. Lautaro has one thing that he runs for him and for his team-mate. He will be the reference striker for the future

2020 06 03 Retrieve

[Lionel Scaloni said playing alongside countryman Lionel Messi is better for Inter star Lautaro Martinez amid growing links to Barcelona] If he plays with Messi he is better, no doubt. Beyond that later he will have to fight for the position as he did in Inter. We have to be calm. If he changes clubs, maybe he does not have to be the undisputed starter, and it will not affect us, as long as he has a number of minutes that allows him to be in force. He has a huge future but still has a lot to give