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USA: Argentina look to overcome Messi ban against rivals Chile

United States, Los Angeles
September 05, 2019 at 03:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Messi-less Argentina national team held a training session on Wednesday in Los Angeles, one day ahead of their friendly game against Chile.

Goalkeeper Franco Armani trained with the rest of the team despite not being able to play the game due to a muscle strain.

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni warned his side against complacency against "a difficult and complicated rival" in Chile, promising a "classic".

As for Diego Maradona's rumoured return to management, Scaloni hoped that "he has the opportunity to direct and to come back to Argentinian football."

FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi is set to miss the game after being suspended by the CONMEBOL from international matches with the national team for three months for accusing the body of corruption.

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A Messi-less Argentina national team held a training session on Wednesday in Los Angeles, one day ahead of their friendly game against Chile.

Goalkeeper Franco Armani trained with the rest of the team despite not being able to play the game due to a muscle strain.

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni warned his side against complacency against "a difficult and complicated rival" in Chile, promising a "classic".

As for Diego Maradona's rumoured return to management, Scaloni hoped that "he has the opportunity to direct and to come back to Argentinian football."

FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi is set to miss the game after being suspended by the CONMEBOL from international matches with the national team for three months for accusing the body of corruption.

W/S Argentina players doing keepie-uppies at training before Chile friendly, Los Angeles

W/S Argentina training

W/S Argentina players jogging and stretching

W/S Argentina players jogging

W/S Argentina players doing drills

W/S Argentina players doing drills

W/S Argentina goalkeepers training

W/S Argentina goalkeepers training

W/S Argentina players doing keepie-uppies

W/S Argentina goalkeepers doing keepie-uppies

W/S Team huddle

M/S Camera operators

W/S Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni entering press conference

M/S Journalists

SOT, Lionel Scaloni, Argentina manager (Spanish): "This team is the one we played in the last rival we played against in the Copa [America], they [Chile] are always a difficult and complicated rival, which has become a classic in the last years for both of us. We hope to give the fans a good game but mostly we want the new players to have a good experience, mostly in preparation for the next game which is also going to be complicated."

M/S Journalists *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Lionel Scaloni, Argentina manager (Spanish): "There is no doubt about it. I hope he [Diego Maradona] has the opportunity to manage and to come back to Argentinian football. Most of all Gimnasia [de la Plata]. It's a delicate situation at the moment and his arrival will only give them a morale boost and strengthen the team."

M/S Cameras

M/S Scaloni ending and leaving press conference

W/S Sign reading: 'Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum'

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