"A World Cup without Argentina and without Messi would be a catastrophe," he said on Super Deportivo Radio de Santa Fe. "The only ones who would be happy if Messi doesn't go to the World Cup would be Maradona fans because, that way, they can keep saying that he's the best." Kempes also rubbished the idea of a mental problem within the current Argentina squad. "I don't understand it when it's said that the problem is psychological," he said. "If you told me they're boys who don't have experience and who had been called up for the first time, who find themselves in front of full stands, I could believe that the problem is psychological, that they're scared.
With one game left to play, the possibility of a World Cup without Lionel Messi and Argentina is very real. pic.twitter.com/5aO3z65vsiOctober 6, 2017
"But in this situation, there is no psychological problem. "There's 90 minutes for Sampaoli to show that he's the real saviour because everyone said he was the saviour for Argentina." Paulo Dybala caused something of a stir last month when he claimed it is difficult to play alongside Messi, as they perform very similar roles at club level. Kempes, however, says the Juventus star is absolutely right. "What Dybala said is amazing," he added. "It is very difficult to play beside Messi and whoever understands it any other way is a fool."
Lionel Messi stepping onto the pitch at La Bombonera. pic.twitter.com/WhOHkZHiDF— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) October 5, 2017
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