Messi 'very excited and eager' to make his mark in the Copa America

Mon 31 May 2021 | 8:05

Lionel Messi is "quite thrilled" about Argentina's chances at a long-awaited Copa America triumph.

Albiceleste, led by Lionel Messi, is preparing for World Cup qualifiers ahead of their

Copa America


Argentina will host the Copa America in 2021 after Colombia was deprived of its co-hosting rights owing to anti-government unrest in the nation. 

Argentina, who placed third in 2019 after finishing second in 2015 and 2016, will kick off the South American competition against Chile on June 13 in Buenos Aires. 

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in Group A, and Messi is looking forward to his first senior trophy with La Albiceleste in Copa America.

"I'm very excited and eager, I'll try to do things right," Messi said on Sunday, with Argentina managing an 11-match unbeaten run.

"In the last Copa America we left a good image, but we cannot stay with that and we will have to continue growing.

"The last qualifying games we did well too, although it's been a long time since those games and we couldn't get back together, we'll have to get back on track quickly and keep growing."

"I'm always excited to compete with the national team, whatever game it is, we always want to win, it's always the same goal," added the record six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

"The truth is that the youngest are eager and the oldest too, with the same or more eagerness. We are a very nice and united group with a good base that has already been working since [head coach Lionel] Scaloni started and some new ones who joined at the last moment. The important thing is to form a very strong group for the objectives that lie ahead."

Argentina's CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying matches against Chile (June 3), and Colombia (June 8) will precede their Copa America campaign. 

Matches have been postponed because to the coronavirus pandemic, although Argentina had won three of their first four games and was two points behind Brazil in second place when COVID-19 led to bans. 

"I'm happy to be here with all my colleagues. It is a strange and different situation from what we usually live in and we cannot live in a normal way, but little by little we are getting together and working for the two qualifying games because both will be very difficult." the 33-year-old captain continued.

"All qualifying games are very tough. Chile are a great team with very good players, although they have a new coach and he didn't have many games, they have very experienced players base and many kids who are up to the task. They had a generational change like us and they are growing and preparing, it is a very competitive team.

"We try to comply with all the recommendations they give us, the last qualifying matches we had were very similar to what we are experiencing now, although now it is more serious due to the situation in the country. Unfortunately we are having a hard time, there are many infected, so we are trying to accommodate ourselves and comply with what they tell us to do everything well."


source: SportMob

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