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Copa America: Uruguay Boss Oscar Tabarez Opens up on Prospect of Facing Lionel Messi

Arjun Singh Devgan

Uruguay manager, Oscar Tabarez has opened up on the prospect of facing Argentina talisman, Lionel Messi when the two sides meet in the Copa America on Saturday, revealing that, "Messi always surprises with his talent".

Uruguay who were one of the two countries to receive an off week for the Copa América’s first matchday, will play their first game of the tournament on Saturday and they know that they will face a tough game against a team who are filled with talent in Argentina.

As when facing Messi, there were a number of questions directed at Tabarez on how he plans to contain the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner and he discussed one method that he wouldn’t have for the 33-year-old: not marking Messi.

“We are going to take into account what Messi is like in all the games we have played before. He plays so many games; I have seen so many Messi games in Argentina, Barcelona, ??and his performances; beyond that, he always surprises with his talent. No individual defending, pity the poor person who has to do that. Some teams have tried it at some time," he said at a press conference.

The La Celeste head into the tournament with plenty of players in their squad currently in the twilight of their careers, probably the last Copa America for many of them - with star striker, Luis Suarez confirming that this will be the last such tournament for him.

Tabarez for one wants to lead his team to the title considering that he might be without a number of top players once the next Copa America comes rolling in.

“The next time, he (Suarez) would be very old. It does not give occupying a space in which you feel that you are not helping the team. There are players who come with great enthusiasm and hunger. Leaving them a spot is the most appropriate thing to do," he concluded.