Croatia football legend Davor Šuker believes Argentina are favourites against his country in today's Group D Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup game due to the presence of Lionel Messi but states they will go into the game without fear.
"We are all with him, he knows that he can count on the support of all of us more than ever", said Argentina striker Paulo Dybala of Messi. Argentina has underachieved for years during which the Albiceleste has become entirely too over-reliant on the mercurial playmaker.
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In Messi, Maxi Meza, Angel Di Maria and Aguero, Sampaoli arguably has the best attack at the World Cup.
Having defended star man Lionel Messi over his failure to convert a penalty against Iceland , Sampaoli indicated the Barcelona forward was understandably central to his planning for the Croatia match. Argentina probably shouldn't have been one of the favourites but with their history and one of the world's best players everyone automatically expects more of them than they should.
Argentina drew with Iceland in their first match and are now in danger of failing to make it out of the group stage.
"After two games we should have four points", said Australia coach Bert van Marwijk.
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Spain would be first in the group if they beat Morocco and if Portugal fail to secure a win against Iran . The only player to have scored more global goals is Iran's Ali Daei on 109 goals.
In their first game they drew 1-1 with Iceland with Lionel Messi missing the chance to win the game from the penalty spot in the second half.
"As coaches, we need to realise these things and try to deal with them and I'm the one that needs to accept it".
"He (Messi) is a player who can solve a game or hit a hat-trick".
However, there is no basis for the claim that Messi doesn't produce his best form for Argentina. "I told him 'This is the World Cup of 40 million (Argentinians)".
He has enjoyed a glittering club career, winning World Player of the Year five times with a string of La Liga and Champions League titles. "Right now we shouldn't compare these two players ..."
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