Current Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has increased seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi’s chances of winning the 2022 World Cup, which will take place in Qatar later this year. The Argentine captain was one of the most influential players on Pep’s Barcelona team, which won three La Ligas, two Copa del Reys and two UEFA Champions Leagues, among others.
Pep candid about Lionel Messi’s chances of winning the World Cup
Pep Guardiola believes Argentina’s victory in the Copa America last year will give them a big boost in confidence in the build-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. “Winning the Copa America for any group gives you the feeling of ‘we have done it’, and I’m sure that will help in the World Cup. I haven’t seen much of Scaloni’s team, but they haven’t lost in a long time, and that feeling of winning and not losing will give you strength.” explained the Manchester City coach. in an interview with Telemundo Sports†
The Spanish manager also stressed the importance of having a star like Lionel Messi in the roster, as he said: “The fact that he is there, knowing that he has the unique ability to always put out two or three personal actions Creating nothing, be it goals or generating play with his forward teammates like Di María, Lautaro or Julián Álvarez, that sense of power is amazing.”
In the recently held draw for the 2022 World Cup, Argentina was drawn into Group C, which also includes Poland, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. After winning the Copa America last year with Lionel Scaloni at the helm, Argentina will not only be the favorites to win their group, but also one of the favorites to do everything they can to win the World Cup.
With Argentina’s managerial role being Scaloni’s first job as a coach, there are doubts whether he can be sidelined all the way. However, Pep doesn’t believe in the idea of experience, as he said: “It’s all a big lie in football that experience is useful. The experience you served yesterday, you don’t have today.”
He added: “The illusion of young people like Scaloni, Aimar and the people who have them gave the group what they needed. Enough, it worked. Why? It’s a mystery. I always give the same example. In a Champions League final, Milan led 3-0 against Liverpool at half time. That Milan team probably had the most experience I’ve seen with Cafu, Maldini, Dida, Nesta, Gattuso, Pirlo, Crespo, Inzaghi… It was 3-0 at halftime, and in 20 minutes, 3-3, and they lost.”