'Furious And Upset' Maradona Calls For Meeting With Argentina Players

Paola Ditto
Giugno 25, 2018

Argentina have had a poor start to the World Cup in Russian Federation and will be eliminated should they fail to beat the Super Eagles on Tuesday night in Saint Petersburg.

It's as if the two five Ballon d'Or winners have experienced a role reversal from the 2014 World Cup, where Messi was the Player of the Tournament, scoring four goals and dragging his country to a final that they really should have won.

"We took some great steps in the right direction and we should continue the way we performed in the second half against Iceland".

"So here at Argentina, they expect he needs to score three goals every single game, like he does for Barcelona".

"But, at the slightest difficulty, they start hitting us again when we are on the floor".

Fabregas - who played alongside Messi at Barcelona - says his Ronaldo does not have to work as hard for the team and that explains why he has been able to flourish. "He is being criticised and I don't understand it at all", he told Marca.

"We need to be very optimistic".

Argentina will face the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their last Group D match at Russian Federation 2018 World Cup in which a win for them could guarantee their passage to the round of 16.

Jorge Sampaoli's men were then battered 3-0 by Croatia on Thursday.

Victory against the Africans, who Argentina have beaten in all four previous World Cup meetings, will secure qualification for the last 16 as long as Iceland don't shock already-qualified Croatia. I don't know if the word would be absent, if that is how I saw Messi. I think Messi should wake up a bit more, because when things don't go well for him, he's always down on the pitch, he shows no reaction.

He added that Sampaoli now has a crucial task now to rebuild his team's confidence ahead of Tuesday's crucial game against Nigeria.

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