Messi ready for must-win Mexico clash

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Lionel Messi is emotionally and physically ready to face Mexico in Argentina's key Group C World Cup match on Saturday, according to manager Lionel Scaloni.

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Argentina fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and need a victory against Mexico to keep their World Cup campaign on track. 

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Scaloni said Messi, 35, trained with the rest of the team on Thursday and is ready for the challenge on Saturday.

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"He's feeling well but more than ever we need everyone," Scaloni said.

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"We have no questions over [Messi's] physical level, and emotionally he's feeling well so no problems there."

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He added: "Leo is doing well, as our his other teammates. We know tomorrow we have an important match and most young players know that everything will be left on the pitch. 

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Everything depends on us -- that's why we need to give everything on the pitch."

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Scaloni said he will not rip up his Argentina blueprint after the shock defeat. 

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"You need to rise up after a blow like that, bounce back together and think of the upcoming match -- that's all you can do," he said. 

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"For a long time everything was perfect for us -- all joy -- but in difficult moments we need everyone's support.