Jorge Sampaoli: Lionel Messi is the coach

Posted June 30, 2018

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli praised his team for their 2018 World Cup victory against Nigeria on Tuesday evening, and said that the match proved that Lionel Messi enjoyed playing for Argentina.

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.

But Moses, who cancelled Lionel Messi's opener with a converted penalty in the second half, was disappointed after an 86th-minute Marcos Rojo goal shattered Nigeria's dreams.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said it had no plans to change its fair play criteria.

At that moment, Gonzalo Higuain and Messi were the front-two for Argentina and Sampaoli told the Barcelona star to drop deeper into a "number 10" role because Aguero was coming on. "You put it on your leg?", to which the footballer replied, "I wanted to say thank you".

But when the game was tied at 1-1 the Argentina manager was mulling over changes he could make to win the game in Saint Petersburg.

"France has a plan to neutralize Leo (MESSI) and we have a plan to better that".

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Such displays have angered some Serbian fans, who often wear T-shirts bearing the map of Kosovo with the Serbian flag on it. Serbia had chances to score more before halftime. "They have qualities throughout the squad, excellent individuals.

"If we do not control the play then it will be a physical game which would not suit us". "You don't prepare a match just looking at one player".

"They are a very complete team".

His catalogue of misfortunes include being run over by his own auto while his misbehaviour, ranging from drink-driving to getting sent off for abusing a referee, may have been a factor behind his omission from the World Cup squad four years ago.

"This is going to be a hard match, we are going to have to step up our level", Lloris said.

With just 10 minutes left, Sampaoli had a hard decision to make with the Manchester City star sitting on the bench having also been withdrawn in the second half of the 3-0 defeat to Croatia. We need to know how to play with him and be able to work with him on the pitch, some of them can do it quickly and others not.

But as midfielder Ever Banega's ears finally pricked up and his face turned inquisitively to the man sat next to him, I got the sense that particular issue could well be unaffected by Saturday's result.

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