You can't teach Messi anything - Sampaoli urges Argentina to understand star man

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Argentina take on Spain on Tuesday night in an global friendly, where Messi could make his return to the starting XI after missing his country's latest game against Italy.

Messi will be back in action this evening against Spain, having missed the 2-0 win over Italy on Friday.

"Against Ecuador I was a bit strong in my tone suggesting that football owed Messi a World Cup, however I knew he was going to appear for us at the vital moments".

"Leo, you have to listen to him, create situations that will be optimal for him and from there build a team in relation to that".

"No serious injury we are being told".

"You have to learn from these kind of players that come around every so often".

While of the opinion that too much is expected of Messi, Sampaoli concedes that he is working with a special talent.

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Nevertheless, the occasionally feisty nature of their Clasico showdowns does not give Sampaoli any cause for concern over Messi's fitness.

Wood's report cited Spanish outlet Diario Gol and also said Barcelona-11 points clear at La Liga's summit with nine matches remaining-have agreed to rest Messi in some La Liga games ahead of the World Cup. Moving from the right, when we cut inside, the whole pitch is in front of us.

Argentina count on players such as Atletico's Angel Correa, while Ever Banega is at Sevilla and Gonzalo Higuain spent several seasons with Real Madrid.

"But here, he did a fitness test yesterday (Sunday), he did another one today and he's fine".

"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".

"We've just played the world champions (Germany) and now face the runners-up who have an incredible player, who collectively have improved with the arrival of Sampaoli".

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