Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has given an interview to TyC Sports in Argentina ahead of Barcelona’s Club World Cup campaign. Speaking about a possible meeting with River Plate in the final, he assured that Gallardo, their manager, “is very intelligent and will know how to play against us.”
He added: “I’m sure that he will have something prepared in his head. River Player have some good players. I think they play really well.”
Messi also spoke about a range of other issues back in his homeland.
On criticism of the Argentine national team:
“It annoys me when they tell us to put more effort in, saying that we don’t feel the shirt. We were lucky enough to reach two finals [the World Cup and the Copa America] and it is as if we didn’t do anything.
“We got to two finals, for f**k’s sake. We didn’t win, but what can you do? We got to the final, we didn’t lose in the last 16. Football is not just about having balls. We had bad times in the national team for what we experienced.
Not signing the national anthem
“I won’t sing the national anthem on purpose. I don’t need to sing it to feel it. Every person feels it in their own way.
“Everything I play for with the national team is still a priority, though, and I want to win. It would be great to win the Copa America [in 2016].”