"Argentina is immensely better with him than without him".
Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (2ndR), midfielder Javier Mascherano (C), forward Sergio Aguero (2ndL) and midfielder Ever Banega arrive a training session at the team's base camp in Bronnitsy, on June 23, 2018, during Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament.
It has been suggested that a number of Argentina players tried to have Sampaoli sacked after the Croatia game but have been unsuccessful, and one of the victims will be Kun Aguero, who looks poised to sit out their next game.
Messi led Argentina to the World Cup final four years ago and consecutive Copa America finals in the following two years, but all three ended in defeat.
But can birthday boy Messi deliver for his country once again? And Argentina is very unhappy.
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Switzerland will qualify with a win against Costa Rica, with a draw also good enough as long as Serbia don't beat Brazil . Despite failing to impress in one-goal wins over Australia and Peru, France are guaranteed a place in the last 16.
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We know that Poland can play two systems [4-4-2 and 3-4-3], which they did, and we knew exactly how they were going to move. Yuya Osako, 28, is widely known as a talented player for Japan.
Jorge Sampaoli's charges are on the verge of being knocked out at the group stage of the global showpiece, after drawing 1-1 with Iceland and losing 3-0 to Croatia.
"Leo is fine", he said, according to Sportskeeda. We've seen it in the Champions League though, when things don't go well, he can disappear on the pitch.
When it comes to football, one needs to look no further than the decade-long Messi v Ronaldo rivalry to pick who they think is the greatest footballer of all time.
"The Argentina game will be completely different though".
"Like it our not, we are the runners-up from the World Cup and we have to show it". "But sometimes you have to cling to something".
Argentina now have one point from two matches and Croatia have pushed them on the brink of elimination.