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Messi will be back in action this evening against Spain, having missed the 2-0 win over Italy on Friday.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli spent last season at Sevilla before being called on to help Argentina seal their qualification for this summer in Brazil, while Leo Messi needs no introduction to Spanish fans.

Messi is poised to return for Tuesday's worldwide friendly against Spain after sitting out last week's 2-0 victory over Italy. 'Passing next to the World Cup trophy was frightful.

"When we prepare a game, we don't think too much about who we face although we're aware of who we shave in front of us", he said.

"Against Ecuador, I was a bit strong in my tone suggesting that football owed Messi a World Cup", he said.

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"It's impossible to teach Messi anything. He's fine to play", Sampaoli said. From there, you have to build a team related to this story.

However, the two-time World Cup winners will be without Angel di Maria, who hurt his thigh against Italy, and Sergio Aguero, with the Manchester City striker recovering from a knee injury. "I leave really calm after seeing what we talked [about] before the match and what the players did on the field, more than for the result itself, and we'll look [for] the same against Spain".

He started in Friday's 1-1 draw against reigning World Cup champions Germany before being replaced by Real Madrid's Lucas Vasquez in the 71st minute. "But we want the best players to be on the pitch and Messi is one of them". I always see him at a high level of compromise with the national team and its wishes.

Spain entertain Argentina in an eagerly-anticipated friendly at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday night.

The last meeting between the countries came in a 2010 friendly in Buenos Aires where Messi scored in a 4-1 Argentina victory.