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Mascherano: Messi Determined To Lead Argentina To Victory Against Nigeria

Mascherano: Messi Determined To Lead Argentina To Victory Against Nigeria

Javier Mascherano insists his teammate Lionel Messi is frustrated with Argentina’s situation but is motivated to inspire an upturn in their fortunes heading into their final group game against Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Argentina are on the brink of World Cup elimination after a 1-1 draw with Iceland and a 3-0 defeat by Croatia saw them take just one point from their first two matches.

Messi has struggled to replicate his club form at the competition and shouldered a lot of blame after seeing his penalty saved in La  Albiceleste’s  1-1 draw against  debutants Iceland.

And Mascherano admits Messi is desperate to turn things around against the Super Eagles  and ensure Argentina’s campaign does not end at the group stages.

“Leo is fine,” Mascherano told a press conference. “But as a collective, where things don’t go as we’d like, we all have our own frustrations.

“He’s human and he has his own frustrations but he’s desperate to turn the situation around.

“He wants to show the world a different image to the one we’ve shown in the first two games.

“The opposite would be to harm the team, we must seek the collective benefit, we are 23, also those of the squad.

“We are not playing well and we take charge of the results. We will not be responding to things that others do.”

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  • The ARG versus NIG match will be tough and painful if Argentina beat Us again. If Argentina scale through this hurdle, I m sure they will get to the final. I wish the Super Eagle of Nigeria all the best in this game.

  • Mykel 3 years ago

    Thunder fire Messi, na for our body e dey get power, he was there against Croatia, he did nothing, he was so nervous before the match that he was rubbing his face. During the match proper, he was just strolling around the field. Now it’s super eagles, u are suddenly fired up. U should be ashamed of ursel Messi. This time around, Nigeria will deal with u. U will end ur world cup with just a point. I see a defender scoring in this match through set piece. And that will be it. I hope that Tyrone ebuehi will learn how to keep his hands behind his back and stop the ball from touching him. He did same against Corsica, against England, against Iceland and eventually conceding a penalty. He has to be very careful, he is just my worry if he gets to play. Again I will like gernat rohr not to play a 352 formation, he must play it, it has to be 532.with only victor Moses going forward, the other left winger back should stay and defend cos tomorrow, we will have a lot of defending to do. This way, when they the Argentines all pour forward in search of goals,we can counter with Victor Moses, iheanacho, miss and etebo to seal of the match,this is after we must have taken the lead through set piece.

  • Lucky Ukhun 3 years ago

    These Argentines are a bunch of soccer clowns who are still playing outdated style of football. How on earth could they just build their team round one player: Messi? I thought soccer was a collective game! No wonder they are playing so badly.

    • @ Lucky Ukhun
      Someone had said it before, I’m sorry I couldn’t remember who to give proper credit.

      Plan A Messi
      Plan B Messi
      Plan C Messi

      How dumb is that? Argentina must fall.

  • chris mario o 3 years ago

    d only constant thing in lyf is change by his grace nigeria is wining argentina for sure so join me and celebrate nigeria qaulification to the round of sixtheen tonight in advance up super eagles.

  • chrismario o 3 years ago

    congratulation to all our super eagles fans in advance as our super eagles qualify’s for next round tonight ” SUPER EAGLE EBE ANO”.