(From front L) Argentina's forward Lionel Messi, defender Javier Mascherano, defender Ramiro Funes Mori, midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, forward Gonzalo Higuain, defender Federico Fazio, defender Fabricio Bustos attend a training session in Madrid on March 25, 2018 ahead of an worldwide friendly football match vs Spain. Messi did not play last Friday before Italy in English soil, and only Sunday, he could train again with his teammates.
"We haven't been far off", Messi said in an interview with Fox Sports.
"Today [Messi] trained as normal, with the group", the coach told reporters on Monday.
"It is impossible to teach him anything". In the last friendly he told us so.More news: American family of 4 found dead during Mexico vacation inhaled 'toxic gases'
"He occupies a very similar position to mine when he plays at Juventus". Speaking ahead of Spain's encounter against 2014 World Cup finalist, David de Gea feels it will be better if both teams feature a competitive line-up at Wanda Metropolitano.
"We are not thinking too much about who we will be playing".
Nevertheless, the occasionally feisty nature of their Clasico showdowns does not give Sampaoli any cause for concern over Messi's fitness. I am lucky to have him as I consider him to be the best football player in the history of the game.
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'Right now we're not among the contenders to win the World Cup, ' argued the Barcelona star.
National teams are using the Adidas Telstar 18 for the first time during the current round of internationals and the lack of grip and excessive movement through the air has been criticised.
"We've just played the world champions (Germany) and now face the runners-up who have an incredible player, who collectively have improved with the arrival of Sampaoli".More news: Fortnite tops $1.5M in revenue during first week on mobile