Messi returns for Argentina's match aganst Venezuela

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Published on March 21, 2019 - Duration: 01:12s

Messi returns for Argentina's match aganst Venezuela

Argentina's head coach Lionel Scaloni admits that it is a joy to have Lionel Messi playing for Argentina for the first time since the World Cup

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Messi returns for Argentina's match aganst Venezuela

SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (MARCH 21, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARGENTINA COACH LIONEL SCALONI SAYING: "For me and for everyone here it's a joy to have him back (Lionel Messi) and to be able to train him.

Logically there are just a few coaches that have that chance and despite my youth I have this chance to do it so I'm back.

What is left now is to try that the team joins him, and expect the best of him.

Nothing else, we are all very happy because he's back." 2.VENEZUELA COACH RAFAEL DUDAMEL TALKING WITH STAFF MEMBERS 3.VENEZUELA TRAINING SESSION IN PROGRESS 4.(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELA COACH RAFAEL DUDAMEL SAYING "The presence of the best player in the world raises the match expectations logically.

For us, to face Argentina is already a good measure and it's satisfying because we have reached this status thanks to the performance and good moment of our players that are having a great present, so it allows us to have this kind of match during a preparation phase." Story: Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said on Thursday (March 21) that captain Lionel Messi will start for the first time since the World Cup in his side's friendly match against Venezuela.

Scaloni is disappointed that injury will rule out forward รngel di Marรญa for both this match and fixture against Morocco but he didn't rule out Di Maria's chances of appearing in his final squad for the Copa America.

Coach Scaloni is wary of the fatigue Messi and some other players are experiencing at this stage of the season, but added that he will not risk any player in this match.

(Production: Miguel Gutierrez Rosas)

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