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‘Need to keep Messi happy’

Buenos Aires: Argentina must create the right team climate to give Lionel Messi the right support to enable him to shine at the World Cup in Brazil, coach Alejandro Sabella said on Wednesday.

“Messi is fine but we must try to be the best possible team to help him,” Sabella said. “We have to get the team to be more compact, occupy the spaces,” he said.

“Messi has matured as a person, he has interior peace, but we have to create a climate that will allow him to be happy. I think we have to let him be calm and need to keep him happy,” the 59-year-old said.

“He’s already played at the World Cup, he didn’t score goals but he created many chances, only there were goalkeepers who had brilliant afternoons,” Sabella added, referring to the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

Messi has played at two World Cups having made his debut at in Germany as a teenager in 2006 and scoring one goal. At both tournaments, Argentina went out to Germany in the quarter finals.