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W/Cup Qualifiers: Martino Laments Messi’s Absence

Gerardo Martino does not believe that Carlos Tevez can compensate for the absence of Lionel Messi in the Argentina squad.

The Barcelona star was sidelined by a knee injury last month and will miss the World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay, Brazil and Colombia.

Martino’s woes increased with news that Sergio Aguero would be out for a month after going off injured in the 2-0 World Cup 2018 qualifying defeat to Ecuador.

But the coach does not feel those absences put pressure on Tevez to lead the side against Paraguay on Tuesday because he is a different type of player.

“Tevez cannot do Messi’s role because Lionel plays like a number seven and I do not see Carlos playing there,” Martino said.

“For Carlos it does not suit him at all to go to the wings. He can play in the position that he did at Juventus or how he does now at Boca.”

“We don’t negotiate on our style of play. You can have modifications according to the opponent. For instance, there is a solution to the damage from Ecuador.

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