Argentina coach plots Nigeria downfall without Messi

Argentina coach plots Nigeria downfall without Messi

Argentina coach plots Nigeria downfall without Messi

Failure to beat the Africans will prolong Lionel Messi's wait to win an worldwide trophy, with the added humiliation of bowing out at the group stages without even winning a game.

Javier Mascherano, veteran of three World Cups, understands the magnitude of the task ahead and said: "We know the situation is tricky".

A shock 1-1 draw with Iceland, which included a Lionel Messi missed penalty, was followed by the 3-0 destruction by Croatia as the two time World Cup winners began to stare elimination in the face.

No official change has been made, but now TyC reports that the president of Argentina's soccer federation, Claudio Tapia, is supporting the players in their attempt to wrest control of the team away from Sampaoli.

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero could be dropped following his mistake for the opening goal against Croatia, with River Plate's Franco Armani possibly in line to make his global debut.

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There may well be a dramatic turnaround which sees Jorge Sampaoli's charges progress into the knockout stage, but it's hard to envisage, and such a dismal performance is only likely to further the forward's disillusion with the national team. "Possibly, I'm going to score another two goals".

"I hope we can have a better performance against Nigeria on Tuesday because it will be sad to leave the World Cup now".

Messi has always proven to be prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker during his 14-year-long career (and still counting) at Camp Nou with Barcelona where he has won 32 titles and five ballons d'Or along with few other goal-scoring records. "We also want to win, so it could be a very spectacular football game tomorrow".

For Argentina captain Lionel Messi's 31st birthday today, hundreds of residents celebrated with a colourful music festival and, in the absence of the great man himself, a giant life-size cake in his image.

However, despite their disastrous World Cup campaign, Mascherano has insisted that "the relationship with the coach is completely normal". Australia has struggled to score in the World Cup and its last three goals in the tournament have come from penalty kicks, including two from captain Mile Jedinak in Russian Federation. Even victory could see them exit the tournament if Iceland beat Croatia by enough goals. "Obviously he's proved it many times in the past and I think he will, this is the stage he loves".

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