Alves: "I prefer Messi not to play vs Brazil"

Both national teams will face next month in a qualifying match for 2018 World Cup

Alves: "I prefer Messi not to play vs Brazil"
Alves: "I prefer Messi not to play vs Brazil"

Both national teams will face next month in a qualifying match for 2018 World Cup

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Dani Alves does not want Leo Messi to recover soon of his knee injury. Barcelona player's arguments are related to the match that Brazil will play vs Argentina on 12 November, a qualifying game for the 2018 World Cup.

"I prefer a Superclásico without Messi. I hope there is Neymar but not Messi. Without the best player in the world, we would have more opportunities," said Alves after beating Venezuela.

Although it will only be the third round of the World Cup qualifying, the match may be crucial for Argentina. Tata Martino's team only got one out of the 6 possible ones. In addition, after the match against Brazil, Argentina will play against Colombia, one of the best teams in South America currently. Meanwhile, Brazil have 3 points having won Venezuela but having lost against Chile.

The presence of Messi in these games is more than doubtful. The Argentine crack continues the recovery phase and in principle he has to return on November 21, the day Barcelona will face Real Madrid at Bernabéu.