Argentina coach wants teammates to step up as Messi returns

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Fresh off his 33rd LaLiga hat-trick, Messi will feature in Friday's clash with Venezuela in Madrid before facing Morocco four days later, and Udinese keeper Musso is relishing his return.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Barcelona star Lionel Messi t for the first time since they crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

"It scares me that Messi plays". "He trains like the rest of us and for us it's an honour to have him back in the national team".

Scaloni confirmed on Thursday that Messi will be in the lineup for Friday's friendly against Venezuela in Madrid, which will be his first match with the national team since its loss to France in the round of 16 of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

A representative of Guaido posted a photo of a meeting with the team prior to the match and Dudamel said: "I have spoken with the vice president and I have put my job at the disposition of the directors because all this time we are navigating very turbulent waters. He has a lot of obligations and with a lot of emotional baggage, a lot of responsibilities at his feet".

"When we made a decision to bring him back, he knew it was a big change", Scaloni said about Messi.

The Barcelona attacker cut a frustrated figure at full-time as his return to the worldwide fold - having taken a sabbatical following Argentina's World Cup exit last summer - ended in such disappointing fashion.

Following the match, Argentina manager Luis Scaloni said: "The second half left us with positive things and the first half with negative ones". Hopefully with the return of Messi the team will be strengthened.

"We want them to realise that they are great players and that they need to step up so Argentina can return to the level that it once had in the past".

And striker Dario Benedetto added: "Messi is the best player in the world and we have to adapt ourselves to fastest way possible to him". "It's not Messi who has to step up".

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