Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni believes there is more to extract from his side following an unspectacular 1-0 friendly win at Morocco.
After a shock 3-1 defeat to Venezuela last weekend, Argentina headed over to Morocco without captain Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona superstar picked up a knock in his first game back for nearly nine months. Thus, Paulo Dybala took Messi’s place in the line-up but was unable to be much of a threat due to a clear lack of chances.
Windy conditions during the second half made things even trickier for Argentina before substitute Angel Correa scored a match-winner seven minutes from time.
While the Atletico Madrid forward was able to spare Scaloni’s blushes, the 40-year-old accepted his side must improve.
“Argentina’s best version is always to come, as happens with all the other teams,” said Scaloni, according to Fox Sports.
“There is no team always at their 100 per cent.
“Obviously it was impossible to show a good game, both for Argentina and Morocco [because of the wind]. But we will achieve our best version with a lot of hard work, and we have some time to get ready for that.
“As we all know Morocco are a hard team, with a lot of good players, who are capable of complicating any team. This time they faced an eager Argentina. We are eager to play, to get results, to defend these colours, and that is really important for us.
“It was a difficult game for Morocco because they were playing with the home crowd pressure and also maybe the wind did not help them either.”
Argentina will next be in action in this summer’s Copa America tournament in Brazil, with Colombia awaiting them in their Group B opener on June 16.
Despite concerns over Messi’s participation in the competition, Scaloni stated on Monday that it’s clear the 31-year-old will be in his squad.
¡Final del partido! Con gol de Ángel Correa, el Seleccionado Nacional triunfó en el estadio de Tánger! pic.twitter.com/iNVfmcktmO
— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) March 26, 2019