Argentina must stop depending heavily on Lionel Messi: Juan Sebastian Veron

first_imgFormer Argentina player Juan Sebastian Veron said over-dependence on Lionel Messi is hurting the national team. The former Inter Milan midfielder has urged Argentina to focus on developing rest of their squad after the World Cup debacle.Argentina crashed out of the World Cup 2018 after losing 3-4 to France in the Round of 16. The win against Nigeria was their only victory in the quadrennial event, while they lost against Croatia and drew against Iceland in their group matches.Messi is yet to discuss his international future. The Barcelona forward has already come back from retirement once.The runners-up in the 2014 World Cup, Argentina also finished second at the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.”It’s time to build a group. Obviously, if Leo is eager (to be part of the national team), they would need to involve him little by little,” Veron was quoted as saying by ESPN Argentina.”I think we have to prepare the base and once and for all think about a team and not think about someone who can save us. Even more at this time, watching other national teams and how they faced the World Cup, it seems essential to think about a group.”Argentina are also expected to zero in on their next coach after Jorge Sampoli parted ways with the Albiceleste owing to a poor World Cup campaign.Pochettino is reportedly Argentina Football Association president Claudio Tapia’s top choice and Veron also thinks on similar lines.”Obviously, Pochettino’s name is seductive any way you look at it,” Veron said.advertisement”But I think that to offer him something, you have to have something well-armed. Present him a platform and see how he can fit into that.”The candidates are those who we are all thinking about,” Veron said.”But we have to see those who are available because I don’t see it as something simple… I think the best are Pochettino and Simeone.”Argentina will face Guatemala and Colombia in friendlies in the US in September.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more