‘It is a pity that in a tournament like this they are so bad’: Lionel Messi blames poor pitches for his Copa America woes ahead of semi-final with Brazil
- Lionel Messi has slammed the playing surfaces at this summer’s Copa America
- The Barcelona star has scored just one goal in four appearances for Argentina
- Messi claimed the pitches in Brazil are not helping his form at the tournament
Lionel Messi has slammed the pitches at this summer’s Copa America and blamed the poor surfaces on his average performances.
The Barcelona star has scored just one goal in four appearances for Argentina, a penalty against Paraguay, although they are safely through to the semi-finals.
Speaking after their 2-0 quarter-final win over Venezuela on Friday night, Messi claimed that the pitches in Brazil are not helping his form.
Lionel Messi has slammed the pitches at this summer’s Copa America for his poor form
‘It has not been my best Copa America,’ he said after Argentina beat Venezuela, as reported by Marca.
‘It’s matches that take place like that…it’s not an excuse but it’s costing me to play for the state of the pitches, it’s a shame.
‘It is a pity that in a tournament like this they are so bad, but we should adapt because they are like this, it is very difficult to play on, there are very few spaces, a lot of people gather in the middle, But that is what it is like.’
Messi also gave his backing to Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni. He added: ‘I see him growing up with us, it’s his first experience, he makes mistakes and he learns.
‘But it’s difficult to be the coach of the national team, it’s difficult to be a coach so imagine being in the national team, but we are united with him and his technical staff.’
The Barcelona star has scored just once in four appearances for Argentina at the tournament