With their passport in their hands, Spain and Argentina have their first matches since qualifying for the World Cup ended. Both teams want to find form with the idea of winning the World Cup next summer. Lopetegui has a base of players (16 are key) which is very clear. There are no doubts in defence or in goal. In midfield, there's a nice problem in that there's an excess of talent: classic creative players like Silva and Iniesta are now joined by Thiago, Asensio and Isco. But there are only three positions and there are also the likes of Busquets and Koke. In attack, everything will depend on what happens with Costa from January. It will be him and/or Morata.
The problem for Lopetegui is in midfield, where there's an excess of ball-playing, possession players. The opposite to Messi with Argentina. What would Leo do with Spain's midfielders? What role would he be designated at a World Cup with Spain? The World Cup would be more than possible for the Barça forward. Argentina coach Sampaoli has the best player in the world but he doesn't have any partners. Argentina aren't over-subscribed with talent. Until now, Messi's never looked comfortable having to drive with the ball so much. And he spends time without even touching the ball. Sampaoli, a brilliant coach, has not stopped looking for solutions to the problem because he knows with Messi anything is possible and his latest idea is to use PSG's Lo Celso. Let's see how that works for Messi, who has struggled to strike up an understanding with Dybala, Argentina's other great player.