Is Messide dependency over? Finally, “the disrespectful” appeared, challenging Leo on the pitch

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A group of players emerged who were encouraged to “lose respect” for Leo, to “challenge” him in a good way, to “take him off the poster” and even to ask him for some extra effort. Even the intrepid Ocampos dared to ask him for the penalty in the Bombonera …

When Paulo Dybala opened up and said that playing with Lionel Messi in Argentina was difficult, endless criticism fell on the Cordovan from Laguna Larga. But the Jewel He spoke a complex truth to avoid. It should not be easy to have the best in the world playing next to you, it is logical to be dazzled by the light of his figure and it is even understandable to be intimidated and want to give all the balls to him.

It is not Messi’s fault, far from it: Leo was the one who suffered the most from these situations with the National Team shirt. But one of the best news that the first double qualifying date left is that a group of players emerged, “the disrespectful of (Lionel) Scaloni”, who dared to lose respect for Messi on the pitch, to challenge him in the good sense of the term, to deny him assists, to demand passes and even to ask for some extra effort. Even the intrepid Lucas Ocampos dared to request the penalty in the Candy box versus Ecuador …

Is repeated: Messi himself was the one who suffered the most Messidependencia. They were years and years of footballers who paid him what he deserved homage off the field, but they never managed to get rid of it so as not to transfer it onto the field of play. Matches and matches played with Messi from the omnipresent poster, self-conscious and / or huddled ...

Issue, by the way, that is now beginning to happen to Rosario in the renovated Barcelona. You have to have a lot of personality to ask Messi if he is sure of kicking a penalty, as Lucas Ocampos did in the Candy box. It was, it is recalled, the former River’s first match for the Qualifiers. The image captured by television cameras went viral in a few seconds. And the offensive midfielder from Seville went further: against Bolivia, 10 minutes into the second half He asked for an extra effort on a ball that was left dead in the middle of the court.

In La Paz there were several game sequences in which Messi was treated like one more. Mentality and personality are two distinctive traits of Lautaro Martínez, who grew up watching the flea scoring goals for Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. He Toro from Bahía Blanca, with only 23 years old, was already able to put bad face to Antonio Conte, Inter coach, in a change that he considered rushed.

And at the Hernando Siles He was encouraged to claim Messi, with a firm look, a pass to the heart of the area. The scene occurred in the first minutes of the second half, after a long ball from the left that flea ran with great sacrifice. The counter asked for a pass to the middle for Lautaro, although the captain hooked and his shot ran into the opponent’s leg. Planted in the small area, Martínez questioned him with his eyes.

And in the action immediately afterwards, it was the Inter striker who denied Messi a pass and shot at the goal with a rival on top … “Return of courtesies”? Game fever …

Exequiel Palacios had a great game at height and was another of those who understood that Messi is one more. The former River played loose, distributing passes to all the players. He also took a ball from Messi, after a pass from Ocampos that had as final recipient the flea. The tucumano anticipated, “Stole” the ball to the captain and continued to play with ease and self-confidence.

More positive signs: Gonzalo Montiel and Nicolás Tagliafico reached the bottom a couple of opportunities and decided to put the center for Lautaro Martínez, instead of looking to send back -so repeated on other occasions- for Messi.

Maybe Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul still need to download Messi from the poster a bit, but they are on the way. The contagion effect can be favorable. In Bolivia, De Paul opted to take a quick free kick for Palacios when he had Messi within two meters. That pass started the play that culminated in Martinez’s first goal.

Argentina played two, won two and kicked off the tough South American Qualifiers. He didn’t have a great performance against Ecuador, but he improved a lot against Bolivia. The issue of renovation seems a matter of the past, already resolved. And the youth who entered with a lot of personality They began to get acquainted with Messi, to treat him as one more on the pitch. Definitely, something that has been crying out for several years …

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