Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez has said Lionel Messi can’t be blamed if Argentina fails to qualify for Russia 2018 World Cup. The 1986 World Cup winners need a miracle on Wednesday against Ecuador to make it to next year showdown. Barcelona has identified yet another Premier League star. Bayern Munich playmaker James Rodriguez has reportedly seen enough in Germany.
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4. Madrid wants Real Sociedad fullback to replace Carvajal
Real Madrid is considering making a move for Real Sociedad right-back Alvaro Odriozola. The Los Blancos are currently struggling on the right side of the defence. Dani Carvajal was diagnosed with a serious heart condition that will sideline him for a couple of months.
The 21-year-old made his Spain debut last Friday against Albania. Now according to AS, Zidane believes he is the right player to fill the gap at right-back if Carvajal fails to recover fully by January.
3. BREAKING- Barcelona wants London Premier League star
Barcelona has identified yet another Premier League star. The Catalans were heavily linked with Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho all summer this year but the deal failed to materialize.
According to the SPORT, Camp Nou is still monitoring the Brazilian at Anfield but now they want Dele Alli from Tottenham Hotspurs first. The England international has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United making him a hotter commodity in the market. They plan to table an offer for him as soon as January.
2. Rodriguez wants Madrid return after Ancelotti sacking
Bayern Munich playmaker James Rodriguez has reportedly seen enough in Germany and now he wants to return to Madrid. The Columbian was signed by Carlo Ancelotti last summer on a two-year loan deal but he is finding life in Bavaria tough.
According to Diario Gol, the attacking midfielder was hard hit by Ancelotti sacking because he is the only manager who understands his game. He fears another spell on the bench under another manager. It has now been reported that he is reaching out to Zidane to see if he can fit in again at Santiago Bernabeu.
1. Messi can’t-do it alone for Argentina- Tabarez
Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez has said Lionel Messi can’t be blamed if Argentina fails to qualify for Russia 2018 World Cup. The 1986 World Cup winners need a miracle on Wednesday against Ecuador to make it to next year showdown. They must beat Antonio Valencia side at Quito to have any chance.
Brazil has already qualified. Uruguay is second with 28 points, Chile and Columbia have 26 points, Peru & Messi side each has 25 points and Paraguay has 24. All can qualify but only four can go through automatically. The fifth team will face New-Zealand in playoffs.
When asked whether Argentina failure to qualify will be a stain in Messi career, Tabarez said
“I don’t see it as a stain and it shouldn’t be like that,” Tabarez said.
“There are a lot of great players in football’s history that weren’t world champions and they’re not stained by that, at least for me.
“Besides that, Messi is still playing, you can’t tell what will happen.
“Argentina is having problems to qualify but if they do, they’ll be favorites to win the World Cup.
“He’s a huge player but he can’t-do it all, this is a team sport.”
The five times World Player of the year is currently 30 year. In 2022, he will be 34 years and maybe retired from international football.