Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni is hoping the 2020 Copa America will not be Lionel Messi’s international swansong.
Lionel Scaloni hopes the 2020 Copa America is not Lionel Messi’s last as he eyes success with Argentina.
Argentina will open next year’s tournament against Chile at El Monumental on June 12, it was revealed on Tuesday.
Scaloni hopes 32-year-old Messi, who will again be aiming to win his first senior international trophy, plays beyond the 2020 Copa.
“I don’t know if it will be the last. Hopefully not,” the Argentina coach told reporters.
“But Argentina need the title, more than just him. Hopefully, don’t promise anything, but we’ll give the maximum to reach the final.”
#SorteoCA2020 Palabra de @lioscaloni tras el sorteo de la @CopaAmerica: “Todos los rivales son difíciles, aunque es lógico que el primer partido es importante. Nosotros estamos bien, en un buen momento y capacitados para competir”. pic.twitter.com/MiBT7yHwbD
— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) December 4, 2019
Scaloni’s men beat Chile in the third-place play-off this year, in a game that saw Messi and Gary Medel sent off.
“It’s a nice game to start,” he said. “Anyone would have been difficult because the debut is always difficult, but this one has a special feeling.
“Chile has always been difficult for Argentina, especially in recent times. Difficult, but we are fine.”