Tuesday, 18 June, 2019


Jordi Alba doesn't understand criticism of 'unique' Lionel Messi

Simeone appeared to call into question the true quality of Argentina’s usual talisman Lionel Messi who has had a minimal impact at tournament in Russia. ― Reuters pic Jordi Alba doesn't understand criticism of 'unique' Lionel Messi
Noah Ferguson | 24 June, 2018, 18:40

However, the match turned into a nightmare for Ciro's father and the entire Argentina side after Croatia thrashed them 3-0 in the Group D game at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

Simeone's press spokesman and Atletico's head of communications did not respond to requests from Reuters asking to verify the audio. The way they looked, I can not see Argentina qualifying now. They were bad against a team that pressed them and bad against a team that sat back.

"What's happening to the team right now is what has happened to Argentina in these last four disgraceful years: anarchy, no leadership from the players, coaches or directors". Simeone said. "He did it against Spain, and against Italy".

Whereas Ronaldo netted a hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain before scoring their victor against Morocco, Messi has floundered in front of goal - missing a penalty against Iceland before putting in an underwhelming display in Nizhny Novgorod.

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Then in the second half, Ante Rebic took advantage of a frightful mistake by Argentina keeper Willy Caballero to open the scoring for Croatia.

"Lionel Messi is the greatest thing we have in Argentina and we must take care of him", Macri said shortly after the player's bombshell announcement.

Nevertheless, it is 32 years since Argentina last won the World Cup and 25 since their last silverware, the Copa America in 1993.

Media chain TYC fuelled speculation on Friday morning that the players had held a crisis meeting and decided that they didn't want the former Sevilla coach in charge for the final group match against Nigeria, with Jorge Burruchaga preferred. "Come on", Messi said. "My question is: If you had to choose between Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo for a normal team, who would you choose?"

Others connected to Argentine football have also spoken out after Thursday's debacle.

"The performance was shameful and the farewell is closer with each game,"he said".

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.

Iceland has two more games to go against Nigeria on June 22 and then Croatia on June 26 and they will be making a strong push to knock out contenders Argentina and go onto creating yet another history. I don't know if the word would be absent, if that is how I saw Messi. "Never before. There was a lack of spirit and it's very unusual to see". "That depends on him and on his teammates to give him the ball".

"Argentina look sh**", he said.

"These days, Cristiano Ronaldo has a very different role for Portugal", Fabregas wrote. I read that the rapport is not good and this is not the time: "there is still one [group] game left to play".

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