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Not coaching Lionel Messi is Argentina's interim coach Lionel Scaloni's only regret

Interim coach Lionel Scaloni admits he's uncertain if Lionel Messi will return to the national team, but is optimistic for the newcomers to the side.
Argentina interim head coach Lionel Scaloni quashes claims of a rift with Paulo Dybala after the Juve star started on the bench against Colombia.

MENDOZA, Argentina -- Argentina's interim coach Lionel Scaloni doesn't expect to continue in the job on a full-time basis and if he has one regret in his six games in charge it is that he didn't get to coach Lionel Messi.

Barcelona forward Messi has not played for Argentina since Russia 2018 and his international future is still up in the air, with La Albiceleste closing out the year against Mexico on Tuesday in Estadio Malvinas Argentinas.

"Maybe not coaching Messi [has been] the only regret,"...

Argentina showing signs of renewal under Lionel Scaloni

Interim coach Lionel Scaloni admits he's uncertain if Lionel Messi will return to the national team, but is optimistic for the newcomers to the side.
Argentina interim head coach Lionel Scaloni quashes claims of a rift with Paulo Dybala after the Juve star started on the bench against Colombia.

The Nations League is giving European national team football a welcome shot of competitive action. A similar thing happened to South America in 1996, when the current marathon format of World Cup qualification was introduced.

Until that point, the continent's 10 teams were split into groups. The process was a quick one, and there were times when the teams -- especially those who failed to make the cut -- would have massive gaps between competitive fixtures.

From 1996, all that came to an end. Instead...

Argentina players support Lionel Scaloni for permanent manager

Several Argentina players said interim boss Lionel Scaloni should be given the job on a permanent basis and that the current under-20s team manager has earned the confidence of the senior squad.

"We are working well with him, it is a staff that helps and supports us, obviously we want him to continue, but is not our decision," Argentina midfielder Paulo Dybala said after their 2-0 win over Mexico on Friday. 

"He gives us the liberty [to play] and makes us work in a good way," the Juventus star...

Mexico struggles in Argentina loss; Paulo Dybala's drought continues

CORDOBA, Argentina -- A goal from Ramiro Funes Mori and an own goal from Isaac Brizuela secured a 2-0 win for Argentina against Mexico on Friday in Estadio Mario Kempes in the first of two games between the sides this international break.

Here are three talking points:

1. Mexico forced to adapt in rare road match

Mexico interim boss Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti has regularly been talking up the need for the Mexican national team to play these kinds of more difficult away games. But as the "Mexican" wave...

Argentina beat Mexico on Ramiro Funes Mori's header, Isaac Brizuela's gaffe

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Ramiro Funes Mori headed in a first-half goal as Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 on Friday.

A first-half header from defender Ramiro Funes Mori and a second-half own goal from substitute Isaac Brizuela gave Argentina a 2-0 win over Mexico in a friendly in Cordoba on Friday.

The Villareal centre-half opened the scoring a minute before half time when he got his head to a Paulo Dybala free kick as Mexican defenders stood back and watched.

Then Brizuela, who had replaced Miguel Layun only three minutes earlier, put through his own net eight minutes from time to seal a deserved win for the...