Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

'Stressed' Messi Will Shine For Argentina, Says Zabaleta

'Stressed' Messi Will Shine For Argentina, Says Zabaleta

Struggling to make their mark, Iceland will aim for nothing less than a win when they take on already-qualified Croatia in their last Group D clash at the Rostov Arena in Russian Federation on Tuesday.

Argentina are on the brink of failing to reach the knockout stages after goals by Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in Yekaterinburg left the two-time winners third in Group D with just one point from two games.

Even if Iceland claim a first ever World Cup victory, Argentina could still progress on goal difference.

"You have seen today the technical staff directing the practice, and the team training, which demonstrates that numerous things that you have explained are a lie, they don't happen", he said, before going on to say the press are "damaging the national team".

However, worldwide success with Argentina has eluded him over his career, which has been highlighted in Russian Federation as they face a humiliating early exit.

For most football fans, the knockout stage of a World Cup without Messi and Argentina is nearly unthinkable.

Iceland's fate does not only lie in their own hands as a win on Tuesday may not be enough for them but will also hope that Nigeria lose to Argentina.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo react after missing their respective penalties.

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Pablo Zabaleta has made shocking revelations about the emotional state of Argentina star player Lionel Messi's emotional state.

"To Leo, I would like to talk to you, to tell you that you are not guilty of anything, of absolutely nothing, and that I love and respect you as always", the retired icon was quoted as saying by Ole.

"The important thing is the players who play tomorrow, regardless of whether they are historical players or not, will have the obligation to leave their last drop of sweat on the pitch so that Argentina can qualify".

It is at worldwide level where his career has never quite his club exploits and why a potential exit tonight would haunt him forever.

"I was not surprised he struggled, in what was a disastrous defeat for us".

"I get the feeling there's a general anger at the heart of the team", said Argentina's legendary 1986 World Cup-winning captain Diego Maradona. Messi will touch the ball a lot more.

"Like it our not, we are the runners-up from the World Cup and we have to show it". If La Albiceleste can manage to capture a win over Nigeria on Tuesday then Argentina will move on to the round of 16. "I know it'll be a war against me", said Queiroz, who coached his native Portugal at the 2010 finals in South Africa.

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