Jorge Sampaoli Accused Of Asking Lionel Messi To Make Substitutions

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Argentina defender Federico Fazio believes Lionel Messi showed a different attitude in their 2-1 win over Nigeria last Tuesday.

But after two disappointing games against Iceland and Croatia, the Argentina captain sprung back to life showing the world what he was capable of producing.

After the Albiceleste started their campaign with a draw to Iceland, in which Messi missed a penalty, and then a 0-3 loss to Croatia, the Barcelona superstar was criticized heavily.

"He is a really key player for Denmark", Dalic said.

The standout last-16 tie on paper pits France against Messi and Argentina, two teams who labored through the group stage.

The coach said France's characteristics of quick ball recovery and pace on the break through Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud would make them particularly risky if Argentina were unable to dominate possession.

"It is so clear, everyone can see that it was a clear handball and it is supposed to be a penalty", said Ogundeji.

"I have not made a proper analysis of Argentina's style yet".




"Leo came up to us and told us to calm down and not be stressed", he said when discussing what his skipper had said in the tunnel.

Remarkably, Gonzalo Higuain has not scored in his last eight matches for Argentina.Another aspect of the game will be France's capacity to prevent Messi from being fed by the opposing midfield, notably Ever Banega. "We were quite confident that we would be able to go through and fortunately that came through".

"We know that, we are warned".

"Argentina is very strong psychologically and this will allow us to face the match with complete commitment".

A win would take them to a quarter-final against either Spain or Russian Federation.

Get the latest World Cup news updates. "But it's not how you characterised it, we had several options in attack and I was just communicating to him that we'd be using one of the strategies that we'd rehearsed".

To honor the Argentinian football star, a group of local street painters drew a six-meter-tall portrait of Messi on a building that stands next to the Ronaldo mural.

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