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“Apart from Lionel Messi, we are all fighting for our place”

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Brighton and Hove Albion’s versatile midfielder Alexis Mac Allister is keen to join Lionel Messi in the Argentina squad for the 2022 World Cup.

With the showpiece event due to start in Qatar in a few months, the Brighton player has expressed his desire to keep his place in the national team.

Mac Aliister was part of the Argentina side that beat Estonia 5-0 in a friendly on Sunday June 5, with all five goals scored by Messi. The Paris-Saint Germain striker won the 2014 World Cup Golden Ball. But Argentina narrowly missed out on the ultimate prize, losing 1-0 to Germany in the final.

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Speaking about his chances of making the final cut, Mac Allister told Clarin.com (via TheArgus):

“The player thinks about it all the time because he wants to be there. But Lionel (Scaloni – head coach) has been very clear. Apart from Leo (Messi), we are all fighting for our place and that’s what we I’ll do until the last day. I’m living a dream. We’re close to a World Cup and all I’m going to do is keep working, so when that list comes up I’ll be on it.”

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The tournament in Qatar will likely be Messi’s last World Cup appearance. And Mac Allister will be keen to help the legend win the coveted trophy later this year.

Argentina have never lacked attacking talent. Their main weaknesses are usually in the lower areas of the field.

With the likes of Emiliano Martinez in goal and Christian Romero at centre-back adding more stability, Argentina look a more complete squad this time around.

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Mac Allister, too, did his part for the team. A versatile midfielder by nature, he played as a deep midfielder for the national team. He can also play as a No.10 or on the left flank when called upon.

Speaking about his adaptability, he said:

“At Brighton I played in three midfield positions and even as a false nine. It’s important for a player, to give the team and the manager options. This season has been a step forward for me. I’ve grown a lot.”

The presence of more players who want to be part of a collective unity and help the national team win will only push Argentina’s dream of winning their first World Cup since 1986.


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