26 June, 2018
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has made it clear he does not want to retire from global duty until he lifts the World Cup trophy with his national side, Argentina. You mustn't forget we were playing the European champions.
"If Croatia had been in another situation nobody would have minded so we're going to do just that: mind our own business", he added, refusing to give a hint on his starting 11 - notably whether key playmaker Luka Modric would be rested.
Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 on Friday to revive their hopes of advancing into the knockout stages of the World Cup in Russian Federation, as striker Ahmed Musa dramatically marked his return to the team with two fine second-half goals.
"If he had the ball less than usual it's because Argentina didn't dominate the match as we did against Iceland".
Messi made the revelation while celebrating his 31st birthday on Sunday, June 24 ahead of Argentina's crucial tie against Nigeria.
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The sculpture will also be put on display in Bronnitsy, a town located about 50 kilometres from Moscow that is Argentina's base during the month-long tournament.
'He wants to show the world a different image to the one we've shown in the first two games'. La Albiceleste lost 3-0 to Croatia on Thursday leaving them in a precarious position to qualify for the knockout stages.
"There are many myths about the team and about this generation", he said. Victory for the Africans in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday will send Argentina home in disgrace after failing to win a game in Russian Federation and send Nigeria into the last 16.
On Saturday, most players trained with their heads down, while Sampaoli asked them to run for only a few minutes.
Argentina players reported demanded talks with their manager and other officials after their embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Croatia last week. In the second, when I was captain, we reached the final. I don't care what other teams are saying. Argentina must not give them space to play their free-flowing game.
"My players can read, they can listen", Deschamps said. "When we finished the last match I took responsibility for the loss", he said.