As Messi and company are preparing for the match with Russia

For the national team of Russia on football starts really serious preparation for the world Cup. To visit us come elite sparring partners from Costa Rica and Iran, and that neither is football monsters Argentina and Spain.

photo: Natalia Muslinkina

Vitaly Mutko promised to find serious contenders for the team of Stanislav Cherchesov. No sooner said than done. The match with Argentina, of course, the sign — finally opens the reconstructed stadium “Luzhniki”. And after is the rest of the football component. Indeed, despite the arrival of Lionel Messi, the match will be a test, says Stanislav Salamovich, because there is no guarantee that the double world champion will give you 100%.

In no way do not want to belittle the dignity of our team, but I guess for Argentina, the Russians — something like the dummy for Boxing, and not yet bought — you can try and work out desirable. The South Americans were the hardest qualifying stage in the area of CONMEBOL and barely managed to qualify for the 2018 world Cup, whether strain for us? Because this match — control for Cherchesov, for Argentina — the usual freight train. So the “dummy” have a great chance to knock out the boxer. However, to their credit, the Argentines, brought them to Moscow almost the main part — those players who laid rails on sleepers, paving the way for the world Cup.

Can’t help thinking that the arrival of Messi — PR campaign. How many conversations was that Leo will not be! But he’s here — the brand is obliged to advertise the readiness of the hosts to the world Cup and stir the interest of local football fans, who, by the way, and so limit level — to get into the upcoming match is already complicated. Moreover, the shortage of “extra ticket”, I’m sure, would have existed in the absence of Messi, Di Maria and Aguero. In Russia, the fans may not believe in the team, to blame, but continue to walk, even to the strange matches, to recall the so-called hybrid Dynamo. What can we say about far distant in all senses of Argentina.

South American national team coach Jorge Sampaoli — athlete in the truest sense of the word. A professional footballer he never was and devoted himself to coaching. Sampaoli have a PhD in physical education. His teams have always been famous for excellent training, but it does not stop there. Jorge likes to experiment with tactics that actively uses a variety of innovative programs and modern technology. So surprise Cherchesov, the Argentines are quite capable of not only names.

Sampaoli is constantly shuffles the lineup. The team always fresh blood. It is difficult to say which player the team player. For example, the new base “Spartak” in Tushino near Messi train with four players of Zenit St. Petersburg: Matias Kranewitter, Leandro Paredes, Emanuel of Mammana and emiliano Rigoni and another former representative of the St. Petersburg team — Cristian Ansaldi. Quite possibly, these are the players in the match against the Russians will come from the first minute, and certainly during the match.

The national team of Argentina:

Goalkeepers: Nahuel Guzman (“Tigres”, Mexico), Agustin Marchesin (America, Mexico), Sergio Romero (“Manchester United”, England).

Defence: Cristian Ansaldi (Torino, Italy), Emiliano Insúa (Stuttgart, Germany), Emanuel Of Mammana (Zenit, Russia), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona, Spain), Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City, England), Herman Pezzella (Fiorentina, Italy), Federico Fazio (Roma, Italy).

Midfielders: ever Banega (Sevilla, Spain), Fernando Belluschi (“San Lorenzo”, Argentina), Alejandro Gomez (Atalanta, Italy), Matias Kranewitter, Leandro Paredes, emiliano Rigoni (Zenit, Russia), Giovanni Lo Celso (Paris, France), Enzo Perez (the river plate stadium, Argentina), Diego Perotti (Roma, Italy), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica, Portugal).

Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Manchester city, England), Dario Benedetto, Cristian Pavon (both Boca juniors, Argentina), Paulo Dibala (Juventus, Italy), angel Di Maria (Paris, France), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain).

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Meanwhile, to enter the hotel, where he settled the Argentine national team ahead of the friendly match with the national team of Russia, but also to get out of it will have to soon. Ask the “guest card”. It is possible, in principle, be located and to take a Supervisory position in a cafe or shop inside, but there is unlikely to be able to see Lionel or any of his friends on the team. And yet. The lobby (where we managed to get into), striking grandeur, as befits the life of the distinguished guest. But it’s not about that — not about brightly burning chandeliers or a beautiful main staircase. Messi will not see here, but his presence is felt.

Knowledgeable fans with eyes glowing almost brighter of these chandeliers, are waiting at the hotel entrance: suddenly there is at least some news from the idol. The day before some lucky ones managed to do almost the impossible — take a photo with Lionel. But such units. Basically everyone is waiting to no avail.

What can we say, even if the player of Argentina national team and Petersburg “Zenith” Sebastian Driussi also photographed with the great Leo, as a simple fan.

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