Despite Being Aware Of Lionel Messi’s Threat, Brazilian NT Coach Showers Praise On Rivals Ahead of Argentina vs. Brazil Clash

Published 11/21/2023, 4:57 AM EST

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The pulsating arena of South American FIFA WC Qualifiers is set to witness a fierce clash between rivals Brazil and Argentina. The highly anticipated encounter will be held on Tuesday, 21st November at the iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. However, despite Lionel Messi leading Argentina to a World Cup victory last year, Brazil’s coach has praised La Albiceleste as the ‘best team in the world’ ahead of the clash.

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As the showdown nears, the soccer world braces for the monumental showdown. But, a question remains: How does Brazil plan to neutralize Messi’s threat? Let’s delve deep and find out what Brazil’s boss has to say.

Brazil’s boss praises Argentina for being one of the top 3 teams

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Speaking ahead of the crucial World Cup Qualifying clash, Brazil’s interim head coach Fernando Diniz acknowledged Argentina’s prowess and their current status. He also pointed out the level of threat Lionel Messi poses. When asked if Argentina is the best team in the world right now, Diniz replied, “If it is not the best, it is certainly one of the top 3 teams currently. It has outstanding players in the biggest leagues and there is Messi as well. They are a team that has been playing together for a long time. We are aware of this and will be prepared to do our best against a great opponent.”

Brazil currently finds itself in uncharted waters, as they have suffered back-to-back losses in the qualifying campaign. It’s a historic setback for the 5x-World Cup Champions. The absence of star players Neymar Jr. and Vinicius Jr. further complicates the challenge, as it’ll force Diniz to place a relatively younger team. However, despite the challenges ahead, Diniz is confident that the squad will carry Brazil’s identity, even in the face of the greatest, Lionel Messi.

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Diniz’s approach to the Lionel Messi conundrum

As fans around the world wait anxiously for the mammoth South American clash, all eyes will be on Lionel Messi, who poses a big threat to Brazil. Brazil’s boss Fernando Diniz knows the threat Messi poses and he embraces the challenge with no false hopes. “Dealing with Messi is different, and you have to worry. It’s impossible not to worry about a player of his stature and the decision-making power he has,” Diniz asserts.” Diniz candidly admitted.

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Brazil, currently sitting fifth in the South American standings, faces immense pressure to deliver against their long-time rivals. The narrative stated by Diniz also adds an intriguing layer to the clash. It’ll be interesting to see, who comes out on top after this high-stakes showdown.

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Sahil Sharma

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I am Sahil Sharma, a dedicated soccer writer with a profound commitment to the beautiful game. My journey as a soccer enthusiast dates back to my childhood, but it was in 2014, when Real Madrid clinched their historic 10th UEFA Champions League title, the famed La Decima, that my passion for the sport truly ignited. That momentous triumph transformed me into an ardent Madridista.
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