Lionel Messi has warned Chelsea that they will be up against one of the “best defenders in the world” when they face Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur in north London on Monday night. Ange Postecoglou has made an impressive start to his managerial tenure with Spurs, winning eight of their first 10 games to sit top of the table before the weekend’s games kick off.
Chelsea have made a poor start to life under Mauricio Pochettino at Stamford Bridge but will be hoping to get a valuable away win against their capital rivals this evening to help kick-start their season.
However, they will be up against Argentina goalkeeper Cristian Romero, who is off to a great start to the season. So much so that he received praise of the highest order from none other than World Cup-winning captain Messi himself.
The Inter Miami talisman was back on the scoresheet when he scored the only goal of the game for Argentina against Ecuador in their open qualifier for the 2026 World Cup on September 7. was Romero who walked away with the man-of-the-match award.
Speaking to Telemundo about Romero after the match, Messi said: “For me, he is the best defender in the world at the moment. Great performance tonight, man of the match.”
Messi’s thoughts were echoed by Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni, who said: “I have no words for Cuti Romero’s game. During the home games, people encourage him and think he is He-Man, he can 70 meters to pass.”
Romero, who was making his 22nd appearance for the national side, put in a dominant display which saw him take seven tackles, win 11 duels and complete 66 out of 68 attempted passes.
He also produced a series of penalties over time that Ecuador’s Enner Valencia denied on the hour mark.
The 25-year-old has appeared in all 10 Premier League games for Tottenham so far this season, scoring twice. With Spurs having conceded just nine goals in their first 10 games, the Argentine already looks to be a mainstay in Postecoglou’s defence.
While Romero and Spurs will look to keep their Premier League ambitions on track today, Messi’s season is already done after Inter Miami failed to make it into the MLS post-season.
Although Barcelona’s all-time top scorer has found the net an impressive 11 times in 14 appearances since his move to Miami, 10 of those goals have come in cup games and with the Eastern Conference rock club when he arrived, it was too much work to do. do.
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