Argentina must beat Brazil even in Lionel Messi’s absence, says Sergio Romero

Argentina will miss Lionel Messi when they face Brazil in a friendly in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday but goalkeeper Sergio Romero says they will settle for no less than a win.

“I would love Messi to be here because that would give us a boost in quality,” said Romero.

“Every time Argentina play, we have to win. And when playing against Brazil, even in a friendly, we still have to win and play our way, which is what the coach is asking of us,” added Romero.

“Here we have a new group of players and we’ll try to do our best for the team.”

“Adding the best in the world would be best for the future of the national team.”

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Messi is on an indefinite hiatus since Argentina’s World Cup round of 16 elimination in the summer.

“I haven’t spoken to him since the World Cup, but I hope his absence is only short-term. Hopefully he’s just taking a rest,” added Romero.



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