Lionel Messi praised Lionel Scaloni after Argentina reached the World Cup final.

Lionel Messi has credited head coach Lionel Scaloni for guiding Argentina to the World Cup, saying he is really enjoying playing for him.

Messi was again in fine form as Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 in the semi-finals, scoring again to draw level with Kylian Mbappe in the race for the Golden Boot.

It was another incredibly effective performance from Argentina with Messi once again trusted to provide the magic, but he says no one should overlook Scaloni’s contribution.

“I think this group is very intelligent, they know how to read moments during every game,” Messi said, as quoted by Ole.

“Scaloni said – he knows how to suffer, to read the game, when to back off and when to press. He is a very good coach who leaves no chance.

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“He shows you every detail and then it happens.

“It was a very serious match, and we prepared for it like that. We knew they were going to have a lot of the ball and we were going to have our chances. We played like we always do. Very well prepared.

“I’m feeling happy, I’m enjoying it a lot.”

Argentina will face France or surprise package Morocco in Sunday’s World Cup final.

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