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Argentina Coach Martino puts his Focus to Perform well in World Cup Qualifiers

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino on Wednesday highlighted the importance of beating Chile and Bolivia in the upcoming 2018 World Cup South American qualifying matches.

"It is important for us to be able to qualify for the World Cup finals. For that reason, winning six points in the next two matches is important. According to the standings today, Argentina is out of the World Cup 2018," said Martino.

During a news conference held before the team travelling to Chile for their qualifying match, Martino hailed the return of Lionel Messi to the team.

"Messi’s presence is reassuring me and everyone and it is fundamentally necessary," said the coach.

Martino added that he is awaiting the recovery of Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi to finalize the starting 11.

After their visit to Chile on Thursday, Argentina will receive Bolivia in the city of Cordoba.

Argentina, who won 1-0 away to Colombia in the last match of the qualifiers, are in sixth place with only five points, seven behind leaders Ecuador.

The top four teams will qualify for the World Cup finals and the team in fifth place will go into the playoffs.

By Robert Muriisa.

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