Leo Messi: Argentina improving
Argentina is much improved from previous editions and has the "offense to take advantage of spectacular players," like Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, said Barcelona star Lionel Messi in an interview.
"I like teams with offense and for us it is better to have the ball and go to get the matches, although sometimes it does depend on the rivals and the situations," Messi said in an interview with Fox Sports radio ahead of Argentina's World Cup qualifier Friday vs. Uruguay. "There are times when the rivals are superior and it is in our best interests to wait. I don't think that is bad either."
Messi, who was named team captain last year, said he likes the change he sees under new Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella.
Argentina is currently atop CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, one point above Colombia and Ecuador. The team plays Uruguay on Friday and Chile next Tuesday.
"We are growing. There is still a lot left to do. But we are getting stronger as a team and as a group and our opponents respect us more each time, that's why I keep saying that we don't have to go crazy when the result doesn't come out as we planned," he said. "In addition, the qualifiers are hard, all the opponents are complicated.
"We know that there is still a lot to correct," he said. "I lived through some sad times with the national team, but as luck would have it we are growing and I hope we continue this way."
The Barcelona star said he is pleased that Argentina's change of form coincided with him gaining the captaincy last year. Messi, 25, was given the armband by boss Alejandro Sabella last year, and La Albiceleste have since won four and drawn two of the seven competitive fixtures under his leadership.
"Wearing the captain's armband has not changed me. I still do the same things with my teammates," he told Fox Sports.