Portugal Star: You Can't Compare Messi To Ronaldo

Arnold Nichols
June 19, 2018

Although drawn in a tough group in Russian Federation with Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland, they believe they have what it takes to make the knockout rounds.

"We will respect all our opponents, particularly Argentina, but we will not adjust to them", he told reporters."We will play our style".

Lionel Messi may be one of the best footballers to ever lace up a pair of boots, but his woeful penalty record continued in Argentina 's clash with Iceland. We lead the group. 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.

"You can not just prepare for one player [to mark Messi] ... it is [better to deal with him] collectively, one on one is quite hard".

The 1986 champion was incensed by what he saw as a lack of preparation in his nation's disappointing draw against Iceland and blamed the coach.Diego Maradona suggested that Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli find a new country to call home if his charges continue to underachieve at the 2018 World Cup. They would have opened a little more and we could have found more spaces.

"We will have to play our best game".

"I think the Argentinians felt a bit frustrated that they weren't getting through and it was important we equalised so quickly".

"A win is a win", he said. It doesn't matter how you score, it matters that you score. We want to be more efficient in attack but we are not going to split hairs about the way we scored.

"The first match is always the most hard".

"We have the bitterness of not being able to take the three points that we deserved".

Dalic reserved special praise for centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida, who made his starting line-up ahead of Lokomotiv Moscow's Vedran Corluka.

With Argentina expected to top the group, a defeat on Saturday would probably leave the losers to the brink of elimination, but Croatia insist they will play freely.

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