Remember that time when Lionel Messi retired after losing in the Copa America finals and everybody was sad but Tottenham fans said that’s okay because it probably means good things for Erik Lamela? Well, it didn’t take long for Messi to un-retire from Argentina’s national team, but it’s STILL a good thing for Erik Lamela.
Messi is apparently injured and dropped out of tonight’s CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier against Venezuela, so Lamela steps into the starting 11 for the albiceleste. And that’s good! But it probably means that he’ll be getting back super late and with 90 minutes of football under his belt already this week, making him a possible doubt for Tottenham’s league match against Stoke City this Saturday. That’s not so good. Ban international football.
Still, this is a good opportunity to see Erik play for what should still be considered one of the best national teams in the world, and that’s pretty neat.
This is your open thread. You know what to do.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 6, 7:00 pm ET (12:00 a.m. Wednesday, BST)
Location: Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida, Merida, Venezuela
TV: beIN Sports (USA, Canada), TyC Sports International (USA), not televised (UK), beIN Sports 2 (Australia), other countries at livesoccertv.com
Streaming: beIN Sports Connect (USA), fubo.tv (Free trial)
The usual match thread rules apply. Go loco, Coco!