You can't teach Messi anything new, says Argentina coach

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Argentina star Lionel Messi is set to return from a minor injury for today's global friendly against Spain, national team coach Jorge Sampaoli said yesterday.

He has written in a book due to be released in April, from which "Viva", Clarin's Sunday magazine has been running snippets: "Messi has a revolver put to his head called the World Cup and if he doesn't win it, he's shot and killed".

Despite being seen in Argentina as Messi's heir, Dybala could find himself left out of Sampaoli's 23-man World Cup squad. Even so, it's an honor for me to coach him. "It's madness that he can not enjoy his talent". "He's fine to play", Sampaoli said.

"He can generate a lot of's impossible to teach something to Messi".

"There is a "Messi dependency" generated by Messi himself because of how incredible he is on the pitch, but we can not rest just on that", Sampaoli wrote.

Spain and Argentina are seen as two leading contenders at the World Cup in Russian Federation which runs from June 14 to July 15.

Costa, however, is back playing for Atletico Madrid, which makes him the likeliest choice when Spain open their campaign against Portugal on June 15, while Morata still has three months to spark a revival.

"We have to find the best [players] and then put them where they fit", Sampaoli wrote. "I don't think there will be a problem tomorrow (Tuesday)".

"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".

"This is a guy who has stayed as the best in the world for 10 years".

And, Sampaoli wrote, the win against Ecuador demonstrated that Argentina can trust him.

"The great difference between Messi and the rest of the stars in the history of world football is his love for the ball above all things".

"I know that he is very committed to the Argentina team".