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Argentina bond with coach Jorge Sampaoli 'totally normal' - Javier Mascherano

Argentina bond with coach Jorge Sampaoli 'totally normal' - Javier Mascherano

Simeone's sensational tirade, reported to be an audio message sent on mobile platform WhatsApp to Atletico assistant coach and former Argentina goalkeeper German Burgos, emerged hours after Argentina's heaviest defeat in a World Cup group stage since 1958.

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. So if Iceland win by 1-0, then Argentina's scoreline has to be 2-0 or more and similarly, if they record a win by 2-0, Messi's team has to defeat Nigeria 3-0.

Javier Mascherano insists Lionel Messi is frustrated with Argentina's situation but is motivated to inspire an upturn in their fortunes heading into their final group game. He's no Ronaldo in that regard.

Messi was full of live at the Argentina training on his birthday morning as he jettison going for party with probably knowing how crucial their encounter with Nigerian side is in the light of the country's position in Group D.

"He is one of the big names in Russian Federation who has made a strong start to this World Cup, in terms of goals, with four so far".

"He needs to wake up!"

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"The whole team's body language was so poor, no confidence, no trust between each other".

"But as a collective, where things don't go as we'd like, we all have our own frustrations". "It was shameful to watch them".

Ronaldo has already netted four goals in the tournament and are on the brink qualifying for the knockout stage.

There have been reports that the squad led a revolt against manager Jorge Sampaoli and senior players will select the team against Nigeria.

Lionel Messi walking off the pitch after Argentina's loss to Croatia on Saturday.


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