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Lionel Messi fans ecstatic as Argentina enters round of 16 — FIFA WC

30 June, 2018, 01:32 | Author: John Swanson
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"It is logic that having the best player in the world makes you dependant on him", he said.

It will come as some relief as well to Jorge Sampaoli, who was under enormous pressure, especially after rumours surfaced surrounding his relationship with Messi.

"It's all great for the history books in Croatia but if we don't win against Denmark, when someone asks you what you did, what can you say?"

"It was a simple exchange I had with one of my players, that is all".

His club team mate Samuel Umtiti, however, believes that Argentina's talisman is different from the player he is for Barcelona.

"We train different things for the match".

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"Africa is going to be successful one day but we need to think again how we approach these big competitions", he told the BBC in his role as a TV pundit.

But Crespo - who scored 35 goals in 64 games for Argentina - said the dependance made complete sense. We played similarly against Lionel Messi and Argentina.

"Now we can focus on preparations for the knockout stage", said Badelj.

That scenario sparked debate ahead of Thursday's England-Belgium group match - was it better to win and enter the tougher side of the draw or lose and face potentially easier fixtures down the line?

Then following the Nigeria match, the same reporter questioned Messi about the ribbon.

"We have to be at his (Lionel MESSI's) level at all times". I dream of seeing an Argentina with a lot of passion but above all with a lot of football.

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"This group of players takes enormous pride in representing their country, playing for the shirt. It is a team that doesn't accept defeat very easily".

"The analysis of the match will have to do with the results".

"I have teammates I know very well at the back and up front". I've come to a place I wanted to come. I've seen him sad and I've seen him happy, like he was today. He did all the rest. "We got what we wanted".

It was always going to be a hard task for a largely young and inexperienced side, with only five survivors from the squad that reached the second round in Brazil four years ago.

"We had fewer yellow cards so we were able to progress". Against Croatia, which has emerged as one of the superior all-round sides of this tournament, Messi was choked out of the game hardly gaining possession of the ball during the rout that ensued.

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