THE technical director of Argentina fears Lionel Messi is dealing with burnout – simply weeks earlier than Barcelona’s Champions League conflict with Manchester United.
Messi has been in glowing type for the Spanish giants over the previous month as he continues to keep up the requirements which have seen him turn out to be one of many best gamers in historical past.
However after reporting for worldwide obligation this week for the primary time because the World Cup, nationwide crew coaches have been left involved by the ahead’s wellbeing.
Technical director Cesar Luis Menotti mentioned: “It scares me that Messi performs. I see him emotionally fatigued between the Champions League and the nationwide crew.
“I see him very drained. He has a number of obligations and with a number of emotional baggage, a number of obligations at his toes.”
Argentina are solely concerned in two pleasant matches over the worldwide break, towards Venezuela and Morocco.
However the 31-year-old is anticipated to characteristic in each matches as Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni appears to construct his facet round him.
Scaloni mentioned: “It’s a pleasure that Messi returns. I’ve to attempt to have the crew accompany him and guarantee he has one of the best of himself. Hopefully with the return of Messi the crew shall be strengthened.
“We hope Messi can deliver one of the best out of his team-mates. We’d like them to offer one thing further so we generally is a nice crew.
“We would like them to grasp that they’re nice gamers and that they should step up so Argentina can return to the extent that it as soon as had up to now. It’s not Messi who has to step up.”
It means Messi is prone to need to shoulder a lot of the workload for Argentina, earlier than then returning to Barcelona who face three huge matches earlier than they tackle United.
Barca need to shut out the La Liga title, with a ten-point benefit over Atletico Madrid – the facet they face the weekend earlier than the primary leg at Outdated Trafford on April 10.