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Messi: Argentina Must Prepare Well, Take Average Teams Seriously At Russia 2018

Messi: Argentina Must Prepare Well,  Take Average Teams Seriously At Russia 2018

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi has warned his teammates to be wary of the ‘average teams’ at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Argentina will face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in group D at the World Cup in Russia.

Messi who still rues La Albiceleste’s 2014 FIFA World Cup final defeat to Germany in Brazil admits in an interview with Mundo Albiceleste, that the two time World Champions must be prepared to end their long wait for a third World Cup title.

“We all have to be fine in order to do well in the World Cup. It gets more difficult because the teams are better prepared,” Messi began in an interview with Mundo Albiceleste

“Having gone to three finals and lost them all is a huge weight that we have. We want to overcome that barrier.”

Argentina with Messi lost two Copa America finals on penalties to Chile in 2015 and 2016. They also lost the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil.

“Today, an average team can break you down defensively, and on the counter can beat you 1-0. Football has become very competitive, very tactical.”

The Barcelona superstar also plays down the comparison between him and legendary Diego Maradona insisting that he wants to be remembered for what he has done for football.

“I don’t care about being the greatest of all time. Just the fact that people talk about what I have done or how my career will be remembered offers me satisfaction,” he said.

“I never looked to be the greatest or the second or third or fourth best.”

He also praises his national team coach, Jorge Sampaoli who claims that he (Messi) is the greatest footballer of all time.

“Sampaoli gives you all the information that you need for the matches, he’s not always on top of you. He does work with intensity. He always asks you to do things at maximum effort.

“Sampaoli told me personally I was the greatest of all time. But I think coaches look for ways to try to get the best out of their players. I just didn’t expect him to say that publicly and the instance that he said it in.”

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 10
  • Even your own team is average

  • Your team is also an average

  • Omo9ja 6 months ago

    Interesting. Don’t worry Messi, average teams will send your team back home soon. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Djeniko 6 months ago

    Ok good talk from Messi. Your modesty is appreciated. Average team can weigh you down defensively. Preparation is the key to success. They can counterattack purr, 1-0 game over. Nigeria is an average team but what they’re capable of doing is beyond our comprehension. I remembered our last WC outing in Brazil. Round of 16 vs France. I couldn’t believe that we pinned France for a long period of the time. Pogba just did it for France and we lost it. This team is better that last WC team. I do not see Croatia and Iceland beating us. Kpatakpata na draw. As for Argentina they have always always been beating us so I will not boast there. Forget that friendly game in Russia. Argentina are loaded. Some of the best footballers. Their chances of qualifying from the group stage is like 75%. But they can be surprised too. So Messi knows what he is saying.

    • @Djeniko, do you think this Argentine team is better than Croatia I Byrne of quality players? Inasmuch as I am not yet boasting that Nigerua will beat Argentina, I do not think they have as much as 75% probability of surviving that group. I seriously doubt that. This world cup might turn out to be their worst outing in recent years.

  • Do you have to announce to the whole world that you want to take an average Teams Seriously? YOU COWARD!

  • Bomboy 6 months ago

    I perceive this is going to be one of the worst World Cup outing for the Argentines. The people you are calling average will surprise you at the World Cup.

  • williams 6 months ago

    To hell with Messi for calling other team average. Your country wil be the first to pack back home at the mundial. Watch out messi.

  • Bekee 6 months ago

    Can’t we for once be honest to ourselves. There are super star teams as well as average ones. Messi didn’t insult any team so long as he didn’t name names. He is only psyching his team mates up. If they are not careful, the average teams can truly spoil the show for them.

  • Vosta 6 months ago

    Yea teams like Portugal are very avg