Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Except for Messi, Croatia are better than Argentina - Kovacic

Except for Messi, Croatia are better than Argentina - Kovacic

Messi, whose performances in World Cups are arguably the only blot on an other-worldly career, spurned a chance to take the lead when his 63rd-minute spot kick was saved by Hannes Halldorsson. "We have a few days to rest and to prepare the next match".

"You can bring 25 brilliant players with you, but you have to work with them". We support him. He just had a bad day but we know that he can give us the victory at any moment of the game.

Maradona, who played against Super Eagles at Nigeria's debut at the Mundial in 1994 in United States of America, told Argentine Television Telesur's "De la mano del Diez" show that the way his country played in the opening game of Group D against Iceland leaves much to be desired.

"The first match is always the most hard". I think they celebrated the draw as a victory. "We put Nigeria behind us, and we will play our style of football however much we respect Argentina". It's a very competitive group. "I blame a lack of preparation because there obviously hasn't been any", Maradona added. "We need to be strong as a group, believe in ourselves and know we have all the tools to beat anybody".

Diego Maradona suggested that Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli find a new country to call home if he continues to underachieve at the 2018 World Cup.

"We have not lost our hopes despite the draw, we still have the same desire", he said. "I did my homework, I looked at a lot of penalties by Messi, and I also looked at how I had been behaving in previous penalties, so I tried to get into their mindset, how they would be thinking about me".

Winger Rebic agreed with the assessment of his team-mate, saying: "Against Argentina we have to be united, Messi is 50 percent of the team, if we defend ... all together, we have a great chance".

"His (Sampaoli) game-plan was a disgrace".

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