Argentina coach hoping to ease Messi workload

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi was persuaded to continue his international career by Argentina’s new head coach Edgardo Bauza © AFP/File / Nelson AlmeidaBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Aug 23 – New Argentina head coach Edgardo Bauza said on Tuesday that he wants to see his side rely less on Lionel Messi, after the Barcelona forward’s brief retirement from international football.Messi said that he was going to quit playing for his country in the aftermath of their second successive Copa America final defeat on penalties to Chile two months ago. But former Sao Paulo coach Bauza persuaded the five-time world player of the year to continue his international career, after taking over as boss from Gerardo Martino.He will oversee his first matches in charge in 2018 World Cup qualifying against Uruguay and Venezuela next month.“Do not always give it to him to make a play or score a goal, but create conditions that mean that it is not down to Messi to solve everything,” Bauza told Argentine daily La Nacion.“Depend on the team. I want to stop everything from depending on him… We all know that when the ball goes through him something different can happen, but we need help from the team.“Having the best player in the world does not guarantee that you will win games, but it does guarantee that there will be fear in the opposition.”Argentina, the top-ranked team in the world, are currently third in South American qualifying for the next World Cup in Russia after six matches.Bauza’s first game in charge sees his new side host Uruguay, who lead the qualification table, on September 1, before a trip to Venezuela on September 6.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Hart dismisses critics after win

first_imgEngland ‘You think I care?’ Hart dismisses critics after World Cup qualification Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 06:30 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) JoeHart - cropped Getty Images England England v Slovenia Slovenia WC Qualification Europe World Cup The West Ham goalkeeper had a big role in his nation’s World Cup qualification and then brushed off criticism of his recent form Joe Hart insisted he ignored his critics after delivering a man-of-the-match performance as England qualified for the World Cup.The West Ham goalkeeper had starred in a goalless draw at Slovenia last year and he was similarly influential in the return fixture as Harry Kane’s goal secured a 1-0 win and a place at the finals in Russia.England 18/1 to win World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. After some shaky performances for club and country, Hart’s form has come under the microscope but he claimed this display was not in response to any criticism, as he gives such matters little attention.Asked about his critics, Hart told ITV: “You think I care about them? I’d have a big problem if I cared – apart from the guys in the dressing room. The team have always got my back and I have always got their back.”We have qualified for a World Cup with one game to go. Regardless of personal achievements, I think it’s important that we smile. England have qualified for a World Cup and that’s a big deal.”How important was this man’s late save? pic.twitter.com/MKytPLJjiQ — England (@England) October 5, 2017 Hart conceded that it was difficult for the England supporters at Wembley as the team misfired, but it could not detract from his delight at qualification.”The guys were brilliant. We wore them down,” he added. “It was difficult for the crowd – we appreciate them coming – but the game was difficult.”To have Harry doing that in the last minute, and for Kyle [Walker] to whip it in for him, is a big feeling. I’m really happy.”last_img read more