Messi and Co. will have to improve by leaps and bounds to harbour any chance on Tuesday.
Messi missed a second-half penalty in that draw with Iceland and cut an isolated figure as his side slumped to a heavy defeat in their second game. Every player on the team has bought into that and that's how Iceland is still level with Argentina and remains alive to make it to the knockout rounds.
That irked the French team, and coach Didier Deschamps said the comments were "not something particularly pleasant".
Argentina's football association was quick to deny media reports about the future of Sampaoli, who was strongly criticized for his tactical approach and the formation he put out in Argentina's humiliating 3-0 loss to Croatia on Thursday.
Even a win may not be enough for Argentina, who are bottom of the group - behind Croatia (six points), Nigeria (three) and Iceland (one).More news: Saudi singer celebrates end of driving ban on females with song
After already achieving their first objective, Croatia would likely bench some of their players against Iceland. But just a few weeks ago, nearly no one was willing to give the 2018 World Cup hosts a chance. We are professionals and we have to defend the colors of Nigeria.
Argentina will look to join Spain, Portugal, Russia and Uruguay in the next round but must rely on the outcome of the other match in Group D.
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Signed by the then English Premier League champions Leicester City from CSKA Moscow in 2016 for a club record £16.6 million ($22 million), he scored his first two goals in a 4-2 friendly defeat against a Barcelona side led by Messi.
"The coach is the one who gives us the tools alone to be comfortable in the field but you have to talk, it happens in all places, also in Barca". "In your view it would be more logical for the seasoned, more experienced players to face Nigeria".
"We have been practicing a few specificities, I do have everything clear in my mind but for this match I will not give the line-up", he added. When his teammates witness his reaction after a setback, they infer he's lost faith the team, in them. "We have to be united, to express our opinions, and do everything possible so the team goes into the game in the best position". "This is such a big stage that you can't rest players just to help other teams to qualify". He celebrated his birthday along with his teammates who are in Russian Federation. Denmark coach Age Hareide criticized France before the World Cup when he told a Danish newspaper the squad was "nothing special". World football's governing body said it was also probing Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic for alleged statements made after the game.