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World Cup star Ochoa speaks out on facing Lionel Messi

World Cup star Ochoa speaks out on facing Lionel Messi


Mexico and Argentina are set to clash at the World Cup on Saturday evening.

Both sides began their campaign in rather disappointing fashion.

Argentina were subject to one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history as they were handed their first loss in three years by Saudi Arabia.

Mexico, meanwhile, drew with Poland and nearly lost the game if not for Robert Lewandowski missing a penalty.

As a result, both teams will be desperate to bounce back on Saturday.

And now, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who has become something of a cult hero for his displays at the World Cup, has been discussing facing Lionel Messi.

Ochoa, who is taking part in his fifth World Cup, has said of facing an all-time great and a team tipped by many to challenge for ultimate glory in Qatar: “We are ready to compete and stand up. Messi has that magic, he can do nothing and from one minute to the next he can solve things and score a goal.

“It’s going to be a nice challenge. It’s going to be very complicated, but what better stage than a World Cup against one of the best players in the world and history, Messi, if not the best. I don’t like the, ‘hey, I don’t want to play against such and such because it’s too difficult’. On the contrary, I want to play against them in a World Cup. I want to play a good game and beat them.”

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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