Lionel Messi's Argentina have shot at World Cup redemption

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According to, Argentina players will pick the squad Tuesday against Nigeria in an all-important match with Sampaoli no longer making decisions.

Nigeria will take on Argentina in the final round of games in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

Dalic, though, has no interest in the plight of Argentina's embattled coach Jorge Sampaoli or Nigeria's Gernot Rohr.

Sergio Aguero also paid tribute to Messi by posting a picture of the two of them together and wishing him a happy birthday on his Instagram account. As a player myself, I know that if you go into a game and you don't really enjoy it then it is very hard to play well.

Messi might need cheering up, having been criticised for his tepid performances at his fourth World Cup with Argentina facing the shocking prospect of exiting the tournament early unless remaining Group D results go their way.

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'The relationship with Sampaoli is totally normal, but if we feel uncomfortable, we will raise it, otherwise we would be hypocrites, ' Mascherano said.

He equally thanked his Russian CSK club for helping him to make it to the world cup, saying "prior to the mundial I was not playing for six months".

TyC Sports had reported that the national team's current general manager, Jorge Burruchaga, could take control of the team.

"Our defenders must be tired of Musa's threat, he is a good player and you remember he scored two goals against us the last time we met", Franco said.

Messi was marked out of the game in the 3-0 defeat by Croatia, touching the ball fewer times than Argentina's goalkeeper.

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Croatia will play Iceland on Tuesday at the Rostov Arena, while Nigeria and Argentina will lock horns in Saint Petersburg. Although Sampaoli did not reveal his line-up, he said he would change the team to get his talisman more involved. The Latin Americans have had a horrendous World Cup campaign so far.

Big football countries have a massive passion and they expect the players to win and perform well.

"The situation that has arisen could have happened to any of us".

In response to the rumours about his position, Sampaoli said: "The week went from low to high, and with respect to what was said, I can not clarify things that did not exist".

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