Indeed, it's been a disastrous Cup for Messi, who had just 20 touches in the first half, 49 in the game, and recorded a single shot on goal against Croatia.
Aside from Cristiano Ronaldo, who has all four of Portugal's goals in its two games, numerous biggest names are off to a shaky start.
"There is no leadership from the management or from those who are supposed to lead". "The question I ask is if you have to choose between Messi and Ronaldo in a normal team, who would you choose?" "I see a team that is lost".
"The goalkeeper.He had done it already, Germán!"
Argentina must come out as victors in their final group game against Nigeria on Tuesday if they have any chance of progressing, whereas Portugal need only one point against Iran on Monday to guarantee their spot in the knockout stages. He should have started against Iceland, the weaker team, in the way he played against Croatia because they are a much weaker team and the other way round - the way he played against Iceland was how he should have played against Croatia.More news: Michigan Basketball: Could Moe Wagner be the Lakers Kevin Love?
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"He is the coach of the Argentina team and what he chose to do is play his friend and this is the result of putting your friends". So it has to be down to the coach.
"Right now in the dressing room they are coming to blows. We all say the players are the most important part of the game and the coach usually play it down when players mess it up, but the coach is also participating in this".
"The best coaches in the world also ask the players for their opinion, because the player is the one who ends up making the decisions", Mascherano told reporters after the Croatia loss.
At the time, the Barcelona skipper admitted that he did not think through his retirement announcement.
The maths is simple: if Argentina beat Nigeria and Iceland fail to win against Group D leaders Croatia, they will go through to the last 16. - Edinson Cavani became just the second player to score a goal in three separate World Cup tournaments for Uruguay (2010, 2014 and 2018) after his strike partner Suarez.