Argentina rally behind Messi ahead of key Croatia clash

Ruben Hill
June 20, 2018

"His aim is to bring the Cup home, to win the World Cup", Cuccittini said in an appearance on El Trece television show "Diario de Mariana."

Lionel Messi will need the help of the Argentina squad and can not win the FIFA World Cup on his own like Diego Maradona, according to former striker Hernan Crespo.

"Failing a penalty doesn't mean anything because he is the first one who wants to fix that and revert the situation, and he knows he can count on us now more than ever".

To do that, however, they will need to reassert their superiority against lesser sides on paper who seem to have collectively settled on a blueprint for frustrating more talented opponents. We have the best player in the owrld and we have to take advantage of that attack in a better way. MESSI has no substitute. "He more than anyone would give everything for this to be his World Cup".

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"I see Leo well, just like the rest of my teammates, eager to hit back, to do things well in our next game and to work", Mercado said at a news conference in Moscow.

For Luka Modric, the emphasis must be on the unity of the team, as they go in search of a win that could put them in the last 16. But if he does fail again in Russian Federation, there will be sympathy from fellow professionals who feel team mates and chaotic national authorities let him down, while fickle fans forget he is still Argentina's top scorer. We are always looking to win, that is our objective.

He insisted that his colleagues did their best to come out of Kaliningrad with a good result by regretted that they left the lovely city a bruised and battered team.

Although the tournament could be a shoot-out between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Carlos reckons Chelsea star Willian will shine brightest. His aim is to fashion a starting line-up that remains competitive but which can also play better football and penetrate the opposition defence down the flanks. "I believe we will qualify for the second round of the tournament because we have a good team".

"We are working hard to come back with a win".

"It was unfortunate that we conceded two goals through set-pieces (against Croatia)", he said.

Under Maradona's captaincy, Argentina lifted the World Cup in 1986 - when he won the Golden Ball - and were runners-up four years later. "All coaches have different ways of playing".

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