World Cup 2022: Argentina’s Lionel Messi says France, Brazil and England are amongst favorites to win in Qatar | Soccer Information

Lionel Messi says Brazil, France and England are the most important threats to his dream of lastly getting a World Cup winners’ medal with Argentina.

The 35-year-old Paris Saint-Germain ahead will once more shoulder Argentina’s hopes in Qatar as they bid to ship the South American nation’s third world title however first since 1986.

“At any time when we speak about candidates, we at all times speak about the identical groups,” Messi informed South American Federation CONMEBOL.

“If I’ve to place some above others I believe Brazil, France and England are slightly bit above the remainder. However the World Cup is so tough and so difficult that something can occur.”

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Messi in motion for Argentina towards Italy in Finalissima at Wembley

Messi reached the ultimate with Argentina in 2014 however suffered an extra-time defeat by Germany.

Copa America champions Argentina are unbeaten in 35 video games and if that is to be Messi’s last World Cup, they’re within the kind to ship the title.

“We’re very excited. We have now a really good group that may be very keen, however we take into consideration going little by little,” he mentioned.

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“We hope to start out the World Cup in one of the simplest ways to face the whole lot that comes after. The extra you play and the extra time you spend on the pitch, the extra you get to know one another.”

Argentina’s opening Group C match is towards Saudi Arabia earlier than they face Mexico and Poland.

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Erling Haaland thinks Brazil, Argentina France and perhaps England are the favorites for the World Cup however says his purpose with the Norwegian nationwide group is to achieve the World Cup and the Euros

Manchester Metropolis ahead Erling Haaland needs he may very well be on the Qatar World Cup however as a result of Norway did not qualify for the event, the 22-year-old will use the break to recharge for the remainder of the Premier League season.

Haaland has enhanced his status as one in every of Europe’s high strikers following his transfer to Metropolis from Borussia Dortmund within the shut season, scoring 18 objectives in 13 league video games and 5 objectives in 4 Champions League matches.

However with Norway solely ending third in Group G of European World Cup qualifying behind the Netherlands and Turkey, Haaland should wait so as to add to his worldwide tally of 21 objectives.

“I needed I performed within the World Cup after all, however that is the truth now [that] I do not do [that]however I’ll calm down my physique and my thoughts loads after which I’ll practice,” Haaland mentioned.

Erling Haaland struck a 95th-minute winner
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Manchester Metropolis’s Haaland is not going to be going to the World Cup

“What I’ll practice on? Nothing particular I believe, it has been going fairly effectively my first months at Metropolis so I do not want to take action many adjustments to be sincere.

“It is about making ready myself for the subsequent half of the season and be prepared when the subsequent sport kicks in after the break.”

Norway final certified for the World Cup in 1998.

“The most important factor we will do is to get to both a World Cup or a Euros,” Haaland mentioned. “That after all is my purpose with the nationwide group to do. We all know it is tough, however hopefully sooner or later in the future I will be capable of play there.”

Haaland scores his side's second goal from spot
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The Norwegian needs to steer Norway to the World Cup

Haaland mentioned Brazil, Argentina, France and England had been the favorites in Qatar, the place the World Cup begins on November 20.

“I can not solely say one, as a result of there are such a lot of good groups, so yeah, these 4,” he added.

What are Man Metropolis doing in the course of the World Cup?

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Haaland believes Brazil are among the many favorites

Manchester Metropolis are but to completely finalize plans however Pep Guardiola has revealed the first-team members not heading to Qatar will take a break as soon as the World Cup begins.

Firstly of December, the squad are set to journey to Abu Dhabi for a coaching camp within the United Arab Emirates, the place the membership’s proprietor Sheikh Mansour is the Deputy Prime Minister.

“We’ll strive, perhaps in two, three weeks for these guys in winter in Manchester,” Guardiola mentioned earlier this month. “Take a break, for workers to go there. Good climate, our house owners are there. We’re going to do this.

“I’d say proper after or a number of days after we come again from 10 days off. After Brentford one or two days off, after we come again we journey. Not confirmed however we’ll strive.”

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Haaland might be given time to recuperate from accidents

Guardiola additionally mentioned he expects Haaland to take pleasure in some down time in Spain having missed out on reaching the World Cup with Norway.

“I am fairly positive he’ll like to be on the World Cup and perhaps the subsequent one or Euros he’ll,” Guardiola mentioned on his striker. “However he has a home in Marbella – go there, play golf, hopefully do not drink a lot, eat a lot and are available again match.”

Which gamers are going to the World Cup? Sixteen gamers: Manuel Akanji (Switzerland), Ederson (Brazil), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Ilkay Gundogan (Germany), John Stones, Kyle Walker, Kalvin Phillips, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish (all England), Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva (all Portugal), Nathan Ake (Netherlands), Aymeric Laporte and Rodri (each Spain), Julian Alvarez (Argentina).

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