Argentina coach plots Nigeria downfall without Messi

26 June, 2018, 16:56 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Argentina now sit at fourth place in Group D and face second-placed Nigeria in their last group match today.

Sampaoli is reported to have met with the Argentine FA President Caludio Tapa, who has given the coach his backing.

Sampaoli called a clear-the-air meeting with his squad after Nigeria's 2-0 victory over Iceland on Friday left Argentina needing to beat the Africans in St Petersburg on Tuesday.

Despite the struggles on the pitch, a large group of Argentina supporters gathered outside the hotel where the squad are staying and began to sing songs. This team has lost the past three finals they have played - the 2014 World Cup and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.

"He is a unique player, who unfortunately hasn't won the three finals he has played with Argentina and that isn't easy".

Though Ronaldo's victor against Morocco took him to 85 goals and made him the highest-scoring European in the history of worldwide football, it would seem Fabregas has not been entirely convinced by the forward's recent contribution to matches.

Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic could be seen mocking Javier Mascherano's height towards the end of the game.

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Messi, who is yet to score in Russian Federation, has been the subject of a lot of criticism in recent days, but Kaka believes his critics should take a look at the bigger picture.

Although the Argentina Football Association (AFA) has given the coach the nod to continue in his position, it has also allowed the players to select the line up for tomorrow's game.

That's how an Argentinian sports show reacted to their national football team's stunning 3-0 defeat to Croatia at the World Cup in Russian Federation on Thursday (Friday NZ time). If Argentina and Iceland win and finish with identical records it will be decided by their disciplinary records and then drawing of lots.

"I have given him my support and encouragement and we have to leave that episode in the past now".

As his team-mate, I can say without any doubts that we have always been a better team when he has been there.

"The way the match was structured against Croatia didn't suit Messi".

The players can listen to the manager - and they should also be able to express themselves about what they do not like from him.

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