Sergio Aguero, a former Argentina international, has given captain Lionel Messi some tips on how to defeat Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk when the two teams square off in the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal matchup on Friday.
When Argentina plays the Netherlands in the World Cup round of 8, Aguero anticipates that his pal Messi will have a significant impact.
When facing Liverpool’s Van Dijk, Messi will face his hardest test of the 2022 World Cup, and Aguero used his own experiences playing against the Dutch star to give the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner a hint on how to approach the quarterfinal.
He [Van Dijk] is not fast; he has long legs: ten sprints from me are two from him, said Aguero, a Manchester City icon who was forced to retire due to health issues, to ESPN Argentina.
“You need to divert his attention with anything else… Someone should holler at him from the audience. I’ll start a conversation with him there if I’m present.
He is large. He claimed that I was the player in the Premier League who was hardest to score for. He measures you by playing with your body, therefore you have to discover a move to utilize on him so that he eats it because he isn’t the type to go out and push.