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Mascherano: Messi is desperate to help Argentina

26 June 2018
Mascherano: Messi is desperate to help Argentina

On Tuesday, in the moments before the game against Nigeria, the young players in the Argentina squad who are at their first World Cup will need to know they can follow these guys.

"That match was complicated for Messi because the structure of the game didn't favour him", he said.

"Leo has played as well as he could, but it is hard to solve the problems of your peers - and I should know".

The two-time winners have started the tournament poorly and now sit bottom of their group, having picked up just a single point from their opening two games. "The next day, as a coach, all I thought about was winning", Sampaoli said.

The 1986 World Cup victor described himself as "furious and upset" and lashed out at the Argentina Football Association President Claudio Tapia as the "guilty party" after Thursday's result.

Whenever I looked around the Argentina dressing room before a game, I was always had the confidence I had the best player in the world on my team.

Two of his strikes came against Romania in Cameroon's second fixture and two more goals against Colombia in the last 16 round to ensure Cameroon, progressed to the quarter-finals.

There have been claims of a revolt in the Argentina camp since the 3-0 defeat to Croatia, following the 1-1 draw with Iceland, and there is talk that Messi, and Sergio Aguero, could retire from the national team after the tournament.

The victory has now put Nigeria second on the table with three points behind Croatia with six points from two matches, while Argentina and Iceland are having one point each. "Were it not for CSKA, I would not have been in the World Cup". "He didn't get a lot of balls from centre from midfield. It's what he wants the most", said Celia Cuccittini. "We have to take on board what happened to us, the point where we are now and we have to be aware tomorrow is the first of five matches that will take us to the final".

Denmark will advance with a draw but a defeat, paired with an Australia win against Peru, could send them packing.

He said, "The best role that fits a player is the position the coach decides for him".

"I'm not going to stop believing in them". Wins for Iceland and Argentina means tiebreakers between those two sides.