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What did Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni say about Mexico’s national team?

Argentina are in Group C of the 2022 World Cup alongside Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Lionel Scaloni, Head Coach of Argentina speaks to the media during the Argentina Press Conference at Wembley Stadium on May 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)
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Argentina’s head coach Lionel Scaloni has issued a message full of praise for the Mexican national team, a few months before they meet at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Argentina beat Honduras 3-0 in a friendly match played on Saturday at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. Thanks to a Lautaro Martínez goal and a brace from Lionel Messi, Scaloni’s side extended their unbeaten run and are now looking ahead to their clash with Mexico at Qatar 2022.

The Albiceleste’s next friendly match will be against Jamaica on Wednesday 28 September as they continue their World Cup preparations and the coach admitted that they didn’t choose two CONCACAF rivals to prepare for Qatar.

“In reality, we didn’t choose to play against Honduras or Jamaica because they are in the same confederation. However, it did interest me. They were not chosen because they play similar to Mexico, they are different,” said the Argentine tactician after the match.

Scaloni’s message to the Mexico national team

Argentina and Mexico will meet at the World Cup on 26 November and the Argentine coach sent a message full of praise for Mexico.

“Mexico are a great team. I have no doubt that they are one of the best in the World Cup and that they will make things difficult for us. They have a very marked style of play with their coach, a very offensive style. I think Tata [Gerardo Martino] has done a good job and they will be a tough opponent.”

Argentina facing Mexico in Group C

Argentina have been drawn in Group C of the 2022 World Cup alongside Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland and Scaloni will experience the tournament from the bench for the first time.

“The national team gives you something, responsibility, but you have to enjoy it. It’s a game and sometimes the best player doesn’t win and that can happen at the World Cup. The important thing is that people enjoy it.”

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