Messi: Argentina will be stronger at World Cup

时间:2017-12-15 单词数:2850

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Argentina will be a better team at the 2018 World Cup than the one that struggled during the South American qualifying tournament, according to Albiceleste captain Lionel Messi.


The two-time World Cup champions avoided missing football’s biggest event for the first time since 1970 when a Messi hat-trick ensured a 3-1 victory over Ecuador in the final CONMEBOL zone qualifier in October.


Argentina have been drawn in the same group as Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria for the June 14-July 15 tournament in Russia.


We’ll be in good shape when we get there because we’re still growing, the Barcelona forward told


We had to go through something that we didn’t expect or deserve, because we had earlier matches against Venezuela and Peru that we could have won easily. If we had, then we wouldn’t have had to go through what we did at the end.


We’ve had four competitive matches with a new coach [Jorge Sampaoli], but the national team’s going to change now that the Ecuador game is behind us. We’re going to grow and get rid of all the tension and fear we felt because of that match and because of the risk of not achieving our objective.

“我们换了一个新教练(Jorge Sampaoli),打了四场比赛,但是现在厄瓜多尔的比赛已经结束了,因为那场比赛以及未达到目标的风险,国家队要做出改变,我们需要成长,摆脱所有紧张和恐惧。“

The 30-year-old admitted the scars left by the team’s extra-time loss to Germany in the final of the 2014 World Cup are yet to disappear.


I don’t know if they’re ever going to heal, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner said. "We’re just going to have to live with it. It’s going to be there forever. The World Cup is a very happy memory and a bitter one too because of how it ended, how it all worked out. But it’s always going to be there."

“我不知道他们是否会治愈,”五次Ballon d’Or的冠军说。 “我们只能忍受它,它将永远存在,正因为比赛的结果,以及我们如何克服了比赛中的困难,使得世界杯变成一个非常幸福同时又很痛苦的记忆。但是比赛一直都在那里等待着我们。”