Giovani LO CELSO and Federico FAZIO Argentina press conference

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Federico Fazio Giovani Lo Celso Argentina
Federico Fazio and Giovani Lo Celso at a press conference with Argentina.

Giovani LO CELSO and Federico FAZIO spoke at a press conference on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s match.

The two players have yet to take part in a single minute at the 2018 FIFA World Cup but are there to help the team. LO CELSO, who plays in France, had this to say about the match:

“I try to contribute from my end where ever I play. Obviously I want to play, just like any other player but I try to add to the team day by day.

“We know we are up against a big rival. They have very good players, they were undefeated in the group stages. But we have our guys and I believe it’ll be a big match.

“In the group stages, we played different types of teams. France, with the space and speed that they have, can create something big but we are a respectED national team. We will have to take the necessary precautions and take advantage of what we have. Now, every match is a final.”

Federico FAZIO stated that winning is important and just as much as having a winning mentality.

“The winning mentality is important in any aspect and what you have to do is continue with that mentality, become used to winning and go in as if every match was the last.

“We are a very united team both on and off the pitch. We knew that the win would come by working the way we worked.”

When asked if Argentina are now favorites to lift the trophy, FAZIO had this to say:

“We don’t think about that, we think about getting as close as possible. We have to think about the next match, to work in the best way possible to get to the quarter finals and think only about what’s coming, which is what makes us get closer and what makes us grow as a team.”

Neither of the two men feature in the rumored eleven which we posted earlier for Saturday’s game.

199 COMMENTS

  1. So if Pavon and Di Maria start: Higuain, Aguero and Dybala will all be on the bench?

    Argentina’s only strength are our plethora of attacking players and we bench them all in our most important game 😂😂😂

    I feel like every game we’ve played we’ve walked into it purposely handicapping ourselves.

    A very odd strategy indeed

  2. Today’s Morning session was attended by all 23 Players. Enzo Perez is 100% fit & will start the match against France. Team spend decent amount of time on Spot Kick as well.
    The only remaining question is Higuain (Plan A) or Pavon (Plan B) ?
    The Plan C is irrelevant now because Enzo perez is match fit..

    As per the rumours, it seems Plan B beats Plan A & it’s almost an official confirmation away..
    That is, Messi will start as False Nine against France. With Pavon in Right & Dimaria in Left.

  3. In my opinion, our strategy must be similar to 2 legged UCL Knock outs. Where smaller teams trying to shut down Giants in home match & trying to score crucial away goal in second leg. I am not saying Argentina is inferior team. But our strategy must be that of an underdog..

    I hope Enzo will be ready. We should use the same team, if at all altering that must be in front, ie, the reported Pavon to Higuain switch.

    We must use the Sabella strategy. Make sure they have zero chance to score goals. It is possible. We did it (yes, almost) against the best team in 2014. I don’t see this France anywhere near to that team. But the perception created is otherwise. France is starting the match as favourites. It must definitely be got into their head. We should use that to our advantage.. frustrate their attackers. Shut down supply to Giroud. We can dominate the midfield with numbers. We wasted Acuna & Salvio against Croatia. We won’t repeat the mistake..

    It is possible to score a lone goal in the auspicious moment in probably second half. And seal the match.. hopefully everything will go in favour of us.
    Again, Defence is the only key.

    Vamos Argentina .

    • I second that and the only way you can utilize this generation is counter attack. Remember we were deadly in qualifiers during fantastic 4 era but unfortunately injuries impacted the whole strategy.

      Don’t get me wrong I don’t want to use all 4 at the same time,but if we can focus on the counter attack strategy, we may have a way to win this cup.

    • Exactly.If we try to dominate possession and build up from the back,that is gonna play into their hands.We should sit back,absorb the pressure and unleash Pavon,Di Maria and of course Leo in the break.Pavard and Lucas leave a lot of space behind.We should be able to create a 3v3 .My only doubt is whether Kante will follow Leo like a shadow,if he plays in the false 9 position.If so,the likes of Banega should take advantage of the space left behind.

  4. Believe more than our plan we need to consider what France is going to bring
    We need to deal with that
    Same defensive team isn’t a bad idea
    French team can be frustrated
    And counterattack or long ball can do it for us
    But first thing first is to neutralize French attack
    Settle gain in confidence
    More deep this match better for Argentina
    We may have better bench for deeper match vis a vis France

  5. Argentina XI Armani (1986-87) – Marcado(1986-87) Otamendi Fazio(1986-87) Rojo (1986-87)/Tagliafico – Mache Enzo(1986-87)Biglia(1986-87) – Messi(1986-87) Benega Di maria – Higuain(1986-87)

  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVER BANEGAA(My favorite). If he has his way we will win against France. we all know that when he is consistent he is one of the best Midfielder in the World. Have been waiting for that match to happen from him for an Argentine match, And that match was against Nigeria. Will he be against showing up against France?? If he does we are a team to watch out for.

    And With all the craziness happening in this World Cup as far i look, predictions for only 1 group or may be 2 group came wrong

    Uruguay, Russia
    Spain, Portugal,
    France, Denmark
    Croatia, Argentina (We were supposed to take first spot but anyway at least we didn’t knocked out)
    Mexico,Sweden (This group made the prediction wrong)
    Brazil, Switzerland
    Columbia, Japan(This group Poland was supposed to go next round)
    Belgium, England

    See most of the teams we expected (I for definitely expected something similar) are going to the next round. Japan is a surprise but Germany knockout is a shocker which changed the entire draw. One side is too weak one side is filled with the Super powers.. Its been a crazy WC regarding matches (Spain drawn to Morocco, We drawn to Iceland, Mexico beat Germany, Japan beating Columbia, Senegal beating Poland, Iran almost got to next round etc etc) But still almost all favorites got to next round…

    Sweden are officially the GIANT KILLERS of World Cup and outside too they have always been. They took out Italy,Netherlands (Before WC itself) and Germany. Wholly Cow that’s 3 Super powers. Similar teams who always play mysteriously was Bulgaria and Croatia.

    • No player can stop Messi throughout the game. He will still find way to score. To shut Messi out of the game, you need big game plan. Defend as a team, cut all the balls to him, continuously pressure him with at least two players. Still Messi may find the space to score. To succeed stopping Messi they need luck too.
      Determined Messi is an alien.

  7. History says Argentina will win.
    Current form says Argentina will win.
    World’s best Messi plays for Argentina.

    Still the world says France will win. You know why..? They want Argentina somehow be kicked out for one reason or other. There are Messi haters, Argentine haters, other team lovers…etc.

    They all will be very sad on Saturday. Nobody can stop Argentina winning this time. Nobody can stop Messi winning his deserved trophy.

  8. Ali Reza Faghani is the referee for the match. He was the referee in the Brazil vs Serbia game.

    He has a habit of giving out a lot of cards. Avarage of 4.4 per game.

  9. Its Ever Banega’s birthday today. He turns 30. Hope he gives us another steller performance tomorrow. We need him more than Ever

  10. Guys
    I have been rewatching Argentina’s matches in the 2010 world cup, which many of us still think has the weirdest Argentina team selection and tactics ever
    We thrashed Korea 4-1, scored two past Greece and only Enyema’s goalkeeping made Nigeria lose 1-0 to us only.
    We smashed Mexico 3-1 in the round of 16 as well with Tevez’s goal being one of the goals of the tournament.
    Higuain peaked out in that World Cup and we never saw that Higuain playing for us again.
    Messi and Otamendi played out of position yet Messi still didn’t do a bad job although he was unfortunate not to get a goal.
    The point is, how is that team lead by a manager with tactics even so called worser than Sampaoli manage to be so rampant in scoring goals?
    Why we have struggled to score in World Cups after 2010?
    Even in 2014 when we went to the final our goalscoring prowess wasn’t that excellent either, relying on Messi’s goals in the group stages and winning only by that odd goal in 2 knockout matches and penalties in the semis.

  11. The way things stand now and the way other teams played in first round , it will not be wrong to say it is Brazil’s cup to lose, its a bitter truth. Argentina may be comes second in this regard after Brazil but our coach needs to use his resources well, you just can not ignore better player only because they are young. World cup comes after 4 years, you have to use the best players you have at the current moment, who knows who will be where after another 4 years. We are not using too many better young players, hopefully we don’t have to regret about it in future.

    • Don’t be surprised by the surgence of Belgium. From time and time again i would like to remind that i’d put my money on them beating Brazil.

  12. Everyone believe France will knock us out. All the experts and pundits.

    I watched Espn and my God how they bash on Argentina, especially Steve Nicol.

    I would like to have Di Maria in the centre sow we could also attack with speed. Sabella played him in that position. But he would also have to track back and work his socks of. We know he has the lungs for it. He would then be more involved in the play.

    My team

    Armani

    Mercado
    Otamendi
    Rojo
    Tagliafico

    Mascherano
    Banega
    Di Maria

    Pavon
    Higuain
    Messi

  13. Thos who don’t want maschareno to start can tell that do we have any option in that position?
    Argentina should go with 4-4-2.
    Armani
    Mercado-otamendi-fazio-rojo
    Lo celso-maschareno-banega-pavon
    Messi-higuian

    • Mascherano is a massive liability, Argentina beat nigeria DESPITE not BECAUSE OF Mascherano.

      Like I said before I would go with a 4-4-2:

      ——————————————–Armani——————————————-

      —–Ansaldi————–Otamendi—————-Fazio—————–Tag————

      —–Pavon/Maria——–Celso——————–Banega————–Acuna———

      —————————-Messi———————Kun———————————–

      • Guys
        I have been rewatching Argentina’s matches in the 2010 world cup, which many of us still think has the weirdest Argentina team selection and tactics ever
        We thrashed Korea 4-1, scored two past Greece and only Enyema’s goalkeeping made Nigeria lose 1-0 to us only.
        We smashed Mexico 3-1 in the round of 16 as well with Tevez’s goal being one of the goals of the tournament.
        Higuain peaked out in that World Cup and we never saw that Higuain playing for us again.
        Messi and Otamendi played out of position yet Messi still didn’t do a bad job although he was unfortunate not to get a goal.
        The point is, how is that team lead by a manager with tactics even so called worser than Sampaoli manage to be so rampant in scoring goals?
        Why we have struggled to score in World Cups after 2010?
        Even in 2014 when we went to the final our goalscoring prowess wasn’t that excellent either, relying on Messi’s goals in the group stages and winning only by that odd goal in 2 knockout matches and penalties in the semis.

  14. As a Barca fan I must admit Real Madrid’s (spit to left) Varane is better than Umtiti. Also Giroud can be handled with someone like Fazio to neutralize his threat in the air. Rojo does fairly well too. Griezmann can be made to suffer with some effective switch-marking. Dembele (if he starts) should be cut off from all forward running passes.

    We need to swarm Pogba who IMO has been getting stronger in this WC. He is a real threat.

    If we play with fire in the first half and score that ALL IMPORTANT first goal, that momentum will be on our side and we should inject fresh legs and creativity to keep France on their toes in the second half.

    I feel they will definitely score one so we must score the first and a second preferably back to back..if not on after their first.

  15. Does anyone know who is favored on the betting sites?

    By the way it would be great to have Argentina Brazil Columbia in the semi finals. Just to prove how much more dominant South American football is

    La nacion is reporting the same starting line up against nigeria will start against France

  16. Mascherano is human. He does mistakes. He was nervous at the beginning nobody can deny that BUT he fights. He is a Warrior who tries to fight his way back into the match. We don’t have many players in our current squad who are willing to fight like that this is a fact and we should not deny that. My only concern is our path to the final. Our Team isn’t young and doesn’t have enough stamina in my opinion. French team didn’t have to win against Denmark. Their coach changed 6 players for the Denmark match. Everyone writes off Argentina at the moment. I hope our team can prove them wrong and lift the trophy once again.

    • Well, out of all the 16 teams remaining in the competition, France and Denmark played the worse third group game. This was by far the worse game at the world cup. You’d think the ”bench” players would want to make a mark when given the chance..If this France team is so talented the second tier players should have done much better against Denmark.

      • Kid I don’t know man Only few teams kind of impressed me in this tournament or no let’s be honest none of them did. Belgium was the only team but who was their opponent? Best match was Spain vs Portugal in my opinion. This world cup is kind of weird.

    • Well said. Any argentina 11 that plays like the Nigeria first half is a world-beating team. Personally I’d prefer more calculated substitutions.

  17. Crespo was being interviewed earlier today by Argentine pundits and he was eluding to how Lanzini was a key piece for Sampa, and in forming chemistry with lo celso. Found it interesting and obviously take it as sign we wont see much of him.

    Cant wait for lanzini, dybala, lo celso, to start manning team. Hopefully the next 4 years Argentina can cement chemistry and some tactics.

  18. Actually France just played their worst game vs Denmark, almost 0 shot, seems to have no plan in attack and just looking for Giroud with long pass. I don’t know if they wake up yet. So timing is good to play against them as they are not at 100%. As we all know, their talisman is Kante, he has the workrate of 2 players. Varane did quite well too, his intervention always clean but there was not much challenge.

    Except Mendy, I am not impressed by their fullback so far, their leader Griezmann never finished a game, Giroud, Pogba and Mbappe only played well during half of a match.

    Unless they come back in time, I guess they must give up the possession and do high pressing, we need to be very careful during the transition.

    The 1st 30 minutes of 2nd half against Nigeria was a total failure. We lost too much the ball, Di Maria and Enzo played really bad. Meza didn’t bring any added value and even made worse. We cannot allow that happens again vs France.

    Whatever the outcome I hope they play again with this Grinta and honor their country, it’s not impossible to beat France, actually now is the best timing, Vamos!

  19. Football is all about timing, momentum and peaking at the right time. The winning momentum launching pad Argentina wanted against Iceland didn’t happen until the needed win against Nigeria and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Moreover, Nigeria was the perfect team to play against heading into the round of 16 game because they’re tantamount to the France national team. Playing Nigeria gave Argentina an in depth look into the France national team. And while the French players man for man maybe more talented than the Nigerian national team players, one thing for sure is that both teams have the same characteristics when it comes to athleticism and physicality. Argentina is at a good place right now and all the pressure will be on the so call ‘’talented’ French team against the well-oiled experience Argentina team.

    Argentina did against Nigeria what you would normally get from teams like Germany and Italy (pre 2006 Italian teams) at the world cup, the never give up mentality even on the brink of elimination…Finally, I get to witnessed an Argentinian team fighting to the end even during periods of the game when the team did not have control of the proceedings. Against Nigeria, Argentina faced their adversity head on and prevail in the end because of the never give up mentality the players showed during the game.

    What we saw of Germany was the contrary to what Argentina did against Nigeria. I expected to see Argentina imploding under pressure like what the Germans did against South Korea and the Germans finding a way to win like what Argentina did against Nigeria. Like a boxing match, Argentina pulled even in the first round, got knocked out clean in the second round, the team went into the third round wounded, they were bleeding from the eye (Mascherano), but despite the adversity, the players dig deep down and found a way to win the third round putting three points on the board. It all came together at the right time for Argentina. When all hope seems lost for Argentina I still believed the team would prevail. I watch the world cup games on Telemundo (Spanish channel), and listening to the commentator (I think it was Jaun Pablo Sorin) breaking down in tears after Rojo scored, I myself had tears coming down my face.

    We read a lot about how this French team is talented and that at some point they will come good. How long have we been hearing and reading about the France national team coming good because they have all these talented players? So France is upbeat against Argentina because they will finally get to play against a team who opens up? Yea, let’s all pretend like Peru and Australia wasn’t playing attacking football against France who barely hang on to win those two games. I have nothing against France, my problem is that the media overhyped and overly exaggerate their players. The way how people talk about France you would think they are the World Cup defending champions or PSG winning the last UCL title with a bunch of French local players who are currently on the world cup roster. This is the same French team that tied against Luxembourg, the worst team in UEFA, tied with USA kids, struggle against Australia, struggle against Peru and put on a lackluster performance against Denmark. And while Argentina haven’t been spectacular in their group, the performance against Nigeria was ten times better than anything France did in all three of their group games. If anyone can come here and say France is playing good at the moment, then they’re lying to themselves. Does this mean France can’t come good on Saturday? Sure, but I haven’t seen any evidence of this to date. The whole France having all this talent is farce! I mean, a lot of these French international players haven’t even been in tough game situation where they had to dig deep which built character. Moreover, Raphaël Varane is the only UCL winner on this current France national team roster I believe with the absent of Benzema. The French League teams last season have been poor and out of form; Monaco both in UCL and domestically and PSG in the UCL.

    I respect all teams but in no way should fans be afraid of this current France national team. This Argentina team is currently loaded with players who have a lot of experience playing in major tournaments and have won many trophies playing at Youth and club level compare to France. With Argentina previous winning record against France, the team should do enough on Saturday to pull off a win. If this was the 2006 version of the France national team with Zidane and Ribery, then I would have possible tilt the scale in France direction but this is not the case on Saturday. France is hoping that so call talented names on paper and media predictions will get them over the top. France will have to play hard for this game and do so with plenty of fight and heart because I know one thing for sure, Argentina will show up on Saturday! The French players to me just seems to be playing for club contracts, that’s all I see when I watch these guys in action during the world cup, it’s like a big audition to get transfer from one major club to another or from a small club to a major club.

    • Aside from Griezmann who on that team is a stud? Pogba is a bigger name than player, Mbappe is a nice player but even PSG would tell you LoCelso is a more critical cog at this point, Verane is a good defender but not great, so what am I missing? Can France win, sure, but I don’t know why anybody looks at them and is afraid. Shit Columbia beat their ass and the USA tied them. And that group was easy as shit. They get 3 crappy teams.

      • San Isidro: Not only that, during the UCL game between United and Sevilla at Old Trafford, Banega made Pogba looked like an average player..lol If Lo Celso was French he would be starting for France given his form with PSG last season and everyone in the media would be calling him world class talent..

        • N’zonzi deserve the call up over Rabbiot given his performance in last season UCL. Rabbiot is a ballerina just like Pastore..Matuidi? I never like is ”ugly” unorthodox playing style. For me, Matuidi passing and dribbling is average at best. What Matuidi brings to the table in my opinion is athleticism in midfield and on the wing..France is missing Benzema imo..

    • Good read. Inspiring. Our only problem is us. Hopefully we choose correct players and the real Argentina shows up at Saturday. I really want our players to play their hearts out as they did against Nigeria. Enjoy the game without pressure. We definitely need a plan A and Plan B because it won’t be easy even French players and Media and people are afraid of Messi. They surrendered themselves to Messi even the game not started yet so i say unleash the beast and get em when they are scared. Watched french training today, i expect a lot cross and set play. Hope Otamendi and Rojo get well prepared for that plus we need to play as a team. I want Messi to encourage the lads again as he did in last game and demand them for the best.

    • Hey “kid”, I agree with everything you say. Yes France have all the talent in the world but we have a vast majority of experience and quality, and for me their are only a few players in that France squad I will take serious and that is “griezman”, kante and blaze matuidi, those for me are the only players I take serious from that France team.

      • but then again we need to look at our weaknesses, and for me and many will probably differ with me, but dybala needs to be our attacking midfielder, because he can take a lot of pressure off messi, and we all know dybala can do that for us. As for the partnership between banega and mascherano, I think that partnership is very good, so that can allow us to have enzo perez playing from the bench and he(enzo perez) are a very important player for us.

      • as for the defence, I still feel we need to replace otamendi with fazio, because otamendi lacks tactical awareness and composer, yes he otamendi is robust an quick but he(otamendi) were found out of position on many occasions against nigeria.

      • as for mercado, he has done good but even he was exploited in second half by the nigerian players, and that’s why I feel sampaoli need to play ansaldi from the bench to take over from mercado in second half, because it’s clear if you watched the game you would have seen that mercado does not have the stamina to play a for full 90 and with the speed of France I think sampaoli must let ansaldi help mercado in that right back position.

      • as for our number 9, it has to be aguero because higuan has missed a sitter once again, against nigeria.

      • ”afa supporter” I like Dybala but I didn’t see him taking pressure off of Messi against Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela when he had the chance..For now Dybala is a sub at best as long as Messi starts for Argentina..Moreover, prior to the world cup, I haven’t been impress with Dybala performance with Argentina, he wasn’t even that convincing against Singapore. Dybala can have his moments at the 2018 world cup (like what Gotze and Schurrle did for Germany back in 2014) without being a starter..Why do we need to experiment with Dybala and Messi going into the game against France? This makes no sense, I’m sure if Dybala and Messi worked in training both would be starting together.

        I don’t know about Fazio, in Italy the game is much more slower and defensive which makes Fazio defending against his opponent easier..Fazio should be a closer substitute, he would have been burn by the Nigerian players if he had started…Otamendi is easily a better defender than Fazio without a doubt. No need for debate on this subject.

        Ansaldi is not better defensive than Mecardo. The only advantage Ansaldi might have over Mecardo is in his attacking side of the game. Argentinean defenders are always going to be exploited..So you think if Ansaldi start for Argentina he will never get beaten by the opponent? Mecardo is a solid plus he carries UCL experience into the world cup. I like Ansaldi but he is not that impressive defensively especially against pacy players.

        • • I disagree with your arguments, but hey… that’s your opinion and I have mine.

          • nevertheless, as must as I hoped that sampaoli will be the right coach for Argentina, it is fair to say that he has gut he’s (sampaoli) tactics wrong and as we all know the line up against nigeria was not completely sampaoli line up, but he (sampaoli) still have time to make things right.

          • as for dybala, I think your wrong their, with the fact that dybala admitted in a recent press conference, that he and messi can play together. And to criticise dybala on previous performance is wrong, because here we have aguero who have always been poor for Argentina, but now he (aguero) looks in better form and Shape and he scored an important goal for us against Iceland.

          • as for fazio and otamendi, I think you have that one awfully wrong, knowing the fact that you claim about champions league experience but you neglect the fact the otamendi was awful for city in champions league, where a fazio was at the Heart of roma defence when they beat Barcelona too 3-0.

          • as for mercado and ansaldi, I think you should go and watch our match again which we played against nigeria. Ansaldi should be used.

          • but hey, then again, you have your opinion and I have mine.

          • All we need is the boys to be confident. When we are confident and not unsure of ourselves unlike the first 2 games, we will do well. The biggest opponent Argentina faces tomorrow is Argentina themselves, not France.

  20. I know I am one of the knuckleheads in here.
    Yes we have many problems and I am not happy with the organization and state of the team starting from the president, coach, players and the decisions that are being made.
    But let us make peace and hope and support the team no matter who plays.
    I believe all of us in here are true fans of this team and we can fight later on.
    I mentioned in here that our biggest obstacle is to pass the group phase and we achieved that. We can be dangerous in the knock out stages. I don’t see why we cant beat the other teams.
    All I know now is we are not going out without a fight.
    Messi has the historic chance to become the greatest player.
    Beat France.
    Beat Portugal.
    Beat Brazil.
    Beat England.
    Maybe it is too selfish of me but that would be the sweetest thing.
    In the end the title is what counts and it doesn’t matter who we play against.
    One other thing is that we are getting underestimated by all the football world, but we can better and will fight.
    Vamos Argentina.

    • It’s not bad until you say, beat England.. They’re a good energic team at the moment with loads of young talents, but they don’t have it yet to get to the final stage of world cup. Maybe semi final, but final look less likely.

      But if in any chance they could reach the final, it’s a high possibility that they’d reach that victory.. These guys does not much experience biggest stages, but neither do they’ll get much pressure, who’d expect them reach the final anyway.

  21. I’m looking at France’s recent record? Why are they considered a powerhouse by so many? They couldn’t beat Denmark, the USA and lost to Columbia.
    Sounds like they got bigger names than their record. WTF?

  22. I have to agree that on the ball Masche will cost us. Especially if he insists on taking as many touches as he did against Nigeria. For me, if he wins the ball his first thought should be to shuffle the ball to Banega and let him distribute it. At this stage in his career, what he thinks he can do with the ball is worlds apart from the reality that actually transpires on the field.

  23. Watch your language mate. *I don’t expect anything better from you though*
    First of all I haven’t called any player a PIG. Go read my comments first before opening your garbagehole.
    I have crticized many players: Mascherano, Rojo, Romero, Otamendi, Banega, Aguero, and Chokerita.(I’ve berated Caballero but I think it’s not his fault-it’s solely Sampaoli’s) and managers : Sampaoli being the latest.
    I don’t consider it as anything malicious or offending to anyone. Many people berates and criticizes the players. Its normal. Your chief Kid, “General of the positive police” does it often. Ask the older ones about that. Rulli,Paredes,Lanzini,Meza to name a few that he has berated. I haven’t berated any country here, or their people( players excluded, haven’t abused them; didnt endorse killing innocent people,children and women. Never been a racist or xenophobe and never ever will be! All people are the alike to me irrespective of the country. Doe’snt hold prejudices against anyone.(although you may see me arguing with Kid most of the time. I consider it as a friendly argument. Nothing more. That’s what this blog is all about)

    And what makes you think that you are the one who is right to validate a person as an Argentina fan or not? I mean, who are you mate?

  24. A Filthy troll Shit calls Mascherano a PIG. And the Motherfucker is acting like, the shit is a Fan of Argentina. And the Filth believes he’s doing a constructive criticism of the team.

    Ignore the Shit, bros.

  25. It’s so funny that a lot people here see Matuidi on the left and they really expect him to play as a winger because of the formation on paper.🙈🙈 This is not PS EAS Sports fantansy. I see the French are putting numbers in the middle to stifle supplying lines to Messi. It will be more like a 4 2 3 1 In practice with Matuidi playing as a LM/LCM not LW. If the they wanted winger they would go with Lemar.

    I don’t know what will happen on Saturday. But it’s either we win and win it all or go home to regroup and rebuild for COPA. Not watching it live though. I eish us a lot of good luck to us.

    • i guess the French will have more the ball in their possesion and we will try to steal ball
      and run in counter attack.

      look like in midfield they have more quality but that doesn t mean that we will lose.

      we will see.

      • We can win of coz but that will depend how our guys read and adapt to the game. The French defense is not impenetrable. We have more big game experience vs France’s talent and athleticism.

  26. Am I the only one who keeps seeing mascharano commit stupid fouls in stupid areas too, I mean near the Argentine penalty area or even in the penalty area? I think he is a liability and he will cost us.

    • What are you talking about? Didn’t you see the cut on his forehead ? Did you forget the arsehole tearing block he made on Robben’s shot? Did you not see that he won the ball back from the MIGHTY IHEANACHO ? The blood on his face, you didn’t see ( that’s what you call a leader)?

  27. Anyone who stays on his feet is better than the FRAUD Otamendi. Only good quality he possess is the aerial aggression, evrythin else is ordinary or below par. He looked overall good (to you) is coz the pacey fullbacks, centrehalf partners rescued him umpteen times. Last year he didnt have a Walker or Mendy( I know he was injured majority of the season) to bail him out.

  28. I’ve been euphoric the last couple of days. Argentina in the round of 16 is of course the highlight. But the feeling of seeing the fucking zee Germans kicked out is almost in parity.

  29. @cox4 and @MalabariAlbiceleste

    .
    MASCHERANO can’t play like bousqet or xavi or ya ya toure or Nigel djong .Barcelona somehow carried him as barcelona has controlled all the POSSESION in every matches. In champions league matches he were never given starting time ever if there were no injury to bousqet or xavi. Argentina is not that much specialized like barcelona. So be realistic. Don’t provoke if you don’t understand the game. What you cant understand will pass over your head.

    • True. Can’t see any top team with a destroyer that who’snt a ball player nowadays but Argentina(if you consider them as top). The Kantes,Matics,Casemeiros,fabinhos,fernandinhos all are decent with the ball and some can score too.

      • this france midfield is only on physics, and speed, their passing skills are below average, Kantes full repertoire is 5-10 meters easiest passes to the nearest opponents with horrible vision, Matudi some crosses, but absolute shit passer,if its for creation, zero creativity, Pogba the only one with some passing skills but a very overrated “playmaker” too, but the only one who can create anything, in Banegas left foot has more creativity than in these 3 combined, without jokin, they strong, fast, hardworkers, but dumb

    • Mascherano not in the Argentina team to be Xavi or Busquets if you expect Mascherano to play like this you don’t understand Mascherano, I watched almost every Barcelona game Mascherano was there, he is showing for Argentina the same form he did at Barca. He has never been pretty player, never been the fastest and never been a great passer but he’s still a great player, Mascherano is there to stop attacks and bring the ball back to the team. Busquets is a one of a kind, an outright genius, you cannot expect Mascherano or any other player to read the match like Busquets.

      Mascherano today >>>> Nigel de Jong in his prime

    • And there is a lot of days Mascherano saved Barca’s ass. Barca did not carry Mascherano by controlling possession, this is a contradiction because the Barca game left the defence exposed many times, a lot of games Puyol or Mascherano would be left ruthlessly exposed by the game, last guys one v one with so much space behind them and they more often than not bailed the team out.

    • i don t intend to continue this with you
      just i will say 2-3 things last to end from my side.

      if i understand or not the game is not something you can know because you don t know me.
      as i don t know you too to know if you understand the game or not.
      so i am not saying that to you.

      The provoke begins because you called in your first post Mascherano PIG.
      i don t allow nobody to speak like this for one Argentine player.

      i am Argentinian and especially for somebody like Mascherano which is mirror of
      Argentine soul and Argentine spirit i don t accept this type of offend.

      Because he is the mirror of the Argentine people generally. not only about football.

      if you was Argentinian or even if you lived in Argentina for some time you could understand what is
      Javier Mascherano meaning for us. what presents.

      so as conclusion keep your football opinion about Mascherano but don t offend him again with bad words like pig etc and i will not open my mouth to you again.

      • When he cost my nation any harm by anyway I will Call him whatever I wißsh. He should had retired from argentina team as he knew what he can offer to the team at worldcup stages at his ageing state. Just research about other country’s diffensive midfielder and what they contribute to the team .they read the game make the game create chances even score from distance and intercept tackles. They to fight but they don’t call themself warrior. What warrior? Every player is warrior not alone mascherano. He do nothing special in attacking or scoring in whole matches but do some good tackles so you call him warrior. Shit man.get a life.

  30. If France plays park the bus France have a good chance of winning. If they play an open game we will win. Open game by France means open spaces for Messi and Higuain and others.
    I am confident we will see the same starting 11 as before. But our guys are old and get tired after 60 minutes. I suspect DiMaria, Higuain and Enzo will come out. I think if we are losing you can expect Pavon, Aguero and Meza. If we are winning you can expect Pavon Meza and Biglia.

    I see no way Dybala or LoCelso play unfortunately unless we have a 2 goal lead or more which won’t happen in these stages.

    • maybe we will play park the bus way
      because we are smart enough to understand what the French want us to do.

      i believe we will not do that mistake.

    • Agree on all you said except Meza. Salvio or Acuna may be better one to put in than Meza. Meza is good but he’s definitely not ready in the big stages.
      It would be funny if both team trying to park the bus, lol.

  31. THE UNIVERSE IS IN DANGER !!!

    SOMEBODY SHOULD WARN SAMPAOLI TO PUT OFF MASCHERANO SOS !!!

    ALIENS IS COMING TO EARTH !!!

    MASCHERANO GO OUT PLEASE TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE !!!

  32. So I’m expecting Argentina vs Uruguay and Brazil vs Belgium quarters.France is superb in wings.very solid in defense but very mediocre in midfield.kante could man mark messi.our fullbacks should be top of their games.if we beat France we will lift the cup mark my words.so according to me either we are going home Saturday or lifting the cup in Moscow

    • That’s what I believe too.

      If we beat france, we are going to lift the cup.

      If we can work on from our performance against Nigeria, we can beat France for sure. France probably has the best squad in the world cup, but they have not clicked well as a team. They are not great in possession football. They don’t have a creative player in the midfield.

      Their midfield pairing is very strong. Kante is a beast. Mbappe and Greizmann can be deadly. If we can break the first 3 and can contain the lsat 2, we will win.

  33. Mascherano was really playing as a deep playmaker in the year 2018. I thought I was losing my mind.Worst thing for me is in a team desperately lacking any associative play in midfield, Banega has played 36 minutes and Lo Celso 0. Mascherano and Enzo Perez as your midfield duo?! Inexplicable.Éver Banega didn’t beat alcoholism to watch Mascherano make a mockery of the notion of a playmaker.Mascherano in midfield. That just doesn’t work.Messi has a finished Mascherano, washed up players Mascherano, Messi worked his ass off to make this team reach the WC, only to depend on 38 year old midfield of Mascherano at the tournament.Argentina really came into thr world cup with Mascherano as their creative midfielder. They deserve all of this pain.Sampaoli subbed off all his midfield and left Mascherano on his own to do everything. Who is a centre back and 40 years old.Mascherano I’ll always respect you but please leave the pitch and never return.Sampaoli the only manager in the world to build his “system” on Mascherano instead of Messi or even Aguero.
    This is easily the most fragile Argentina have been since Maradona was manager. Not to mention they can’t even get Messi the ball unless he picks it up from Mascherano’s feet. Oh man.
    Mascherano = centre back playing midfield.
    Feel sorry for Messi having to play with selfish Mascherano.
    West Ham had played Mullins and Noble benching mascherano. honestly don’t know how you need creativity of some sort and pick Mascherano.
    As long as Argentina keep playing Mascherano is center mid they won’t win shit.Mascherano in midfield is such an old fashioned thing.Mascherano was struggling to carry forward the attack in all three games. Mascherano should start in the bench . He is too slow and old !.The day argentina start benching player like mascherano that day they will be learn football.You really wanna argue that mascherano isn’t too slow for the midfield ??????Mascherano, with time and space on the ball here… plays it square to Otamendi…”
    Mascherano is absolutely terrible as a holding midfielder, shouldn’t be anywhere near Argentina’s starting XI.argentina football earth is covered two-third with water. Rest is covered by Mascherano.Big questions here for Argentina’s player-manager Javier Mascherano over the inclusion of ageing central midfielder Javier Mascherano in the team.WASTEFUL Mascherano always dash balls all over the back. Three pass in a row from Mascherano goes wrong. One could even cost a goal. Looks like the only thing he’s still good at is tackling.Argentina’s biggest problem here is Mascherano. Guy has been absolutely shocking. Vital in 2014, completely done now.
    MASCHERANO IS NOT A MIDFIELDER
    MASCHERANO IS NOT A MIDFIELDER
    MASCHERANO IS NOT A MIDFIELDER
    MASCHERANO IS NOT A MIDFIELDER
    MASCHERANO IS NOT A MIDFIELDER
    MASCHERANO IS NOT A MIDFIELDER

    Mascherano comfortably in the top three worst performers at the World Cup this year.How does mascherano still play with Argentina this dude fucking sucks lol.It’s surreal to me that Mascherano continues to start important matches for Argentina.

    • Mascherano is still the best tackler in the world. He was wayward in passing in the previous game, but I’m pretty sure he would be much better in that aspect in the next game. He’s also a fighter and a leader on the pitch. He’s a must in our team.

      And btw, he’s only 34, same age as Iniesta.

    • The hatred some people here have toward Mascherano is unbelievable. He’s not in his prime anymore but he’s still our best choice. Don’t tell me you’d play Lo Celso as a destroyer, what a joke it is.
      All above that, his leadership and fighting spirit is vital. With his presence other would fight with 10% more what they would, a great boost. Show some respect.

      • Don’t you say a damn thing about my soldier Masche.
        Also, 2014- Bastian Schweinsteiger bleeds in a match-Germany win WC
        Reason Germany lost this year because they didn’t have a Schweinsteiger or Lahm figure.
        Masche on the other hand is our Schweinsteiger/Lahm
        Also
        2018-Masche bleeds- If you know what I mean

  34. In my opinion, France has a solid goalkeeper, Lloris. Varane, solid defender, tall, speed. Umtiti, is overrated. He s a weak point, good physic, but lack of concentration, makes mistakes. Weak full back, we can attack on their right fullback, Pavard. nothing special.
    Than there is Kante, for me he is the most important player of their team. world class player. Pogba – inconsistent. and than there the other four up front. I think against France, Fazio has to start, to contrast Giroud. Rojo has to play on the left, to take care of Mbappe. I think Matuidi will start on the left, mercado will be a good option. We have an advantage in the middle, they dont have a player like Banega. He can make the difference, distributing the ball. I have a good feeling for the game. Sampaoli, dont you play Messi as a false 9, like that you put France in a good situation.

  35. Mascherano today is what simeone was in 2002

    Finished

    Great player in his prime and one of best Argentinian players last 30 years

    But he is done

    But he still has to play or else it’s biglia

    • Simeone in 2002 was not finished.

      with Nigeria we win.
      with England he was not bad in his position DM.
      our offensive midfielders was shit in that game. (remember Veron ).

      with Sweden he didn t play at all. Almeyda played in that game in his place.

        • Batigol was on his last legs while Crespo was in his prime and should’ve been picked instead (or the two could’ve played together), Ayala got injured, Veron crapped the bed, Bielsa was (and still is) too rigid with his tactics and couldn’t change his game plan accordingly and to be honest the whole team peaked way too early and was toothless.

  36. OK so Belgium moves to our bracket with Japan. England will meet Colombia. I hope Colombia can upset them somehow.

    The good news is: Belgium must be a stronger opponent for Brazil if they meet
    The bad news is: The worst scenario of the World cup is Brazil vs England in the final…. oh nooo.

    • I don’t think this Colombia team can cause upset any of the (paper) big teams. Absolutely no way. Shaky in defence (familiar trait of Pekerman teams), nervous in possession , and passing with no real plan at all.

      • Colombia beat France in a friendly 3-2 just while ago. Why not?
        The only reason of their shocking loss against Japan was the red card of Carlos Sanchez. Other than that, they would have been a perfect 3 victories in their group stage.

        So we’re gonna have:
        4 South Americans
        1 North American
        1 Asian
        10 Europeans in the round 16

        If Spain somehow is eliminated before the semis, the semifinal from the other brackets will be extremely weird teams.

        • I don’t care about friendly results. It’s irrelevant.
          I’m not questioning their results. It’s the way they play. It’s shocking. I’m not talking about this worlcup alone, but Colombia under Pekerman for the last 4-5 years.

        • Other bracket is full of European teams except Colombia. Also Spain and England are the just 2 world champions there.
          Our bracket, 3 Latin, one Asian, 3 European and one North American. Fantastic group. This group has 4 world champions. Probably we will have to defeat former champions one by one…!

    • That bracket is not gonna be easy also Sweden Switzerland Spain Croatia England Colombia even Russia in their home country can surprise

    • As long as Portugal or Mexico dont make it. England didnt impress. They can’t shut down Spain or Sweeden. Colombia will be on point.

  37. Being a destroyer what mascherano actually destroyed in Croatia match.had he cause any threat to Croatia 3 goals.same like he won’t be able to do anything against France too. Rewatch all three match if he has done anything good to be in the team rather than killing the speed by too many touches and a predictable passes. He will pass the ball to straight to you when you give him he won’t mind if you are not in good position to receive the pass .He pass it just to ensure that his pass counted by statistics man.fucking shit. Messi love him for his one or two long pass to him. Messi do not know that pig is just destroying his career.Insider Emotion aside, Mascherano shouldn’t be guaranteed as a regular starter for Argentina. It would wrong to deny his determination. In fact, he always fights for his country and leads by example. But, performance wise, we all know that he commits too many errors during matches.Mascherano gonna be the reason Argentina got eliminated.despite getting dribbled past 9999878 times by nigerian attacker yesterday, I’m sure mascherano get 9.0 rating for his bleeding.its fake.It’s clear Mascherano can no longer play for a full 90 mins.Mascherano’s performance drop has been the recent discussions.Anyway shout-out to Javier Mascherano for putting in an absolute disaster of a performance but getting praised for it because he bled, Absolutely spot on. Mascherano was destabilizing that whole midfield. Higuain did the job he was chosen to do over Aguero but at this point every chances he misses is criticized heavily because of his previous misses. Mascherano was the worst player on the pitch by far.Because Barca fans like Mascherano as a person, so they overlook his mistakes. Even tho he’s a liability.love Mascherano, but he’s been absolutely horrible in all 3 games. You people awarding him MOTM because he played with blood on his face need to learn the game.trollHfcb
    ·
    27 Jun
    Mascherano is absolutely finished, as you would say jugador nothingo, passion, blood, concussion merchant. You can be a warrior and still play like a hybrid of Gomes and Alex Song. His giveaways will cost them against France.Poor Mascherano is the most finished footballer I’ve seen in a long time.Mascherano can’t continue playing like this. He needs to be replaced.love Mascherano to bits, but he’s such a liability and offers so little. A step too slow, foul-prone, shaky on the ball. There’s a reason he never played at CM at Barca, even at his physical peak. So much still has to change for ARG if they want to have a shot against France.Mascherano can not start against France. Dybala, Aguero and Lo Celso/Perez should start.27 Jun
    Mascherano playing it up, looking all heroic with the bleeding, commentators saying “he gave it all…can’t fault his commitment.” Lads…he was fucking shit. Argentina looks best when Banega and Perez cut mascherano from play. Whenever he touches the ball argentina looked worst every time. His first touches 2nd touches 3rd touches all kill the tempo and speed of a counter attack. Arg was never been a dangerous team in counter just because of his natural slow moving forward with ball. MASCHERANO HAD COST ARGENTINA THREE WORLDCUP. IF I AM WRONG HE HAD MADE OUR MIDFIELD WORST IN ALL THOSE DECISIVE MATCHES AND FOUL COMMITTED THAT TURNS TO OUR LOSING GOAL. TWICE HAPPEN VS GERMANY IN 2006 & 2010. HE ALSO COMMITTED FOUL IN 2014 THAT COST US POSSESION TO GERMANY FOR MORE THAN 30%.

    • Yes troll sure.

      it is Mascherano fault that was running alone in midfield to cover 3 players in 2010 ,
      it is Mascherano fault that Garay lost Dotze in final and he score.

      it is Mascherano s fault that Pekerman stupit changes make us lose in 2006.

      it is Mascherano s fault that was sitting together with us (the Argentina fans i mean )
      in game of 2002 with Sweden and we didn t qualify because his bad aura.

      it is Mascherano s fault the war in Syria.
      it is Mascherano s fault Trump election in USA .

      it is Mascherano s fault that we lost Malvinas war.

      it is Mascherano s fault that aliens didn t come yet to earth.

      YOU CONVINCE ME !!!!

      • Hilarious. But that doesn’t wipe out he is one of the overrated (midfield)players of this generation. ( I have nothing against him playing as a centre half though)

        • I have no problem if he play at cb like he played in barcelona. But never in midfield in this generation. Barcelona’s top ranked players had somehow carried him as barcelona has controlled 70% POSSESION all the time and scored 4 5 goals per matches. But argentina players are not that much superior too possess 70% ball control also with national team not club like athletic Bilbo or real zargoza.

      • You also forgot it was Mascherano’s fault for having a love child with Sampaoli and they called it Biglia……El jaficto is definitely to blame for that

      • In 2014 he had no impact at all. First watch all three worldcup final matches that we lost and how he destroyed argentina play. Watch and come back.

        • We will not be in final at all if he didn t save us in the last moment
          with Holland.

          i remember very well.
          you prefer to don t remember because you don t like him for your reasons.

          • Cox, please don’t waste time explaining about Maschareno. If they don’t value him, it is their mistake.

            Anyways, I know this will make me villain but this golden generation is the last chance we have to win WC.

            Dybala is talented but he will need quality players around him to have any sniff at WC 2022.

            They should focus at grass root level and at least start a project to Target 2026 WC. Hopefully, we will win another WC and end our draught

      • You forgot? Masche is our Schweinsteiger!
        Germany tanked this WC because they lacked a general to lead the troops
        Last WC they had Schweinsteiger and Lahm to lead them.
        Even if Masche may not be the player he once was, you can’t discredit him as a leader. Schweinsteiger was about Masche’s current age and Lahm was 31 when they leaded the Germany team 4 years ago.
        Say what you want, but Mascherano is still a great rock at the back, he will surely analyse the Nigeria match and come back strong. He’s a fighter and soldier, the general we need.

  38. we should play smart with the France.
    i believe we should play with counter attacks with the fast players in front.

    Di maria , Kun , Leo and Pavon can make damage to their defense if they find empty space.

    • Will France risk?
      Or will they use brain.

      But i think it’s either way, win or win for us..
      If they didn’t attack well, it’s also good for us.

      • i don t think they will risk but they will not play park the bus too.

        that give us space if we let them have the possesion of ball in midfield the most of time.

        we should wait the mistakes that they will do to take them advantage
        in counter attacks with the fast players in front.

        it is just one think.
        of course the French maybe they will afraid and choose other tactics.

        • France thinking the same as some Argentina fans here do; they think their players will have a feast this Saturday as it’s gonna be the first time in this tournament they are playing an opponent who’ll take the game to them. The likes of Mbappe, Dembele and Griezmann will have more space and create havoc. Descailly believes it’s gonna a different France team and the real Les Bleus that turns up against Argentina.

  39. Being a destroyer what mascherano actually destroyed in Croatia match.had he cause any threat to Croatia 3 goals.same like he won’t be able to do anything against France too. Rewatch all three match if he has done anything good to be in the team rather than killing the speed by too many touches and a predictable passes. He will pass the ball to straight to you when you give him he won’t mind if you are not in good position to receive the pass .He pass it just to ensure that his pass counted by statistics man.fucking shit. Messi love him for his one or two long pass to him. Messi do not know that pig is just destroying his career.Insider Emotion aside, Mascherano shouldn’t be guaranteed as a regular starter for Argentina. It would wrong to deny his determination. In fact, he always fights for his country and leads by example. But, performance wise, we all know that he commits too many errors during matches.Mascherano gonna be the reason Argentina got eliminated.despite getting dribbled past 9999878 times by nigerian attacker yesterday, I’m sure mascherano get 9.0 rating for his bleeding.its fake.It’s clear Mascherano can no longer play for a full 90 mins.Mascherano’s performance drop has been the recent discussions.Anyway shout-out to Javier Mascherano for putting in an absolute disaster of a performance but getting praised for it because he bled, Absolutely spot on. Mascherano was destabilizing that whole midfield. Higuain did the job he was chosen to do over Aguero but at this point every chances he misses is criticized heavily because of his previous misses. Mascherano was the worst player on the pitch by far.Because Barca fans like Mascherano as a person, so they overlook his mistakes. Even tho he’s a liability.love Mascherano, but he’s been absolutely horrible in all 3 games. You people awarding him MOTM because he played with blood on his face need to learn the game.trollHfcb
    ·
    27 Jun
    Mascherano is absolutely finished, as you would say jugador nothingo, passion, blood, concussion merchant. You can be a warrior and still play like a hybrid of Gomes and Alex Song. His giveaways will cost them against France.Poor Mascherano is the most finished footballer I’ve seen in a long time.Mascherano can’t continue playing like this. He needs to be replaced.love Mascherano to bits, but he’s such a liability and offers so little. A step too slow, foul-prone, shaky on the ball. There’s a reason he never played at CM at Barca, even at his physical peak. So much still has to change for ARG if they want to have a shot against France.Mascherano can not start against France. Dybala, Aguero and Lo Celso/Perez should start.27 Jun
    Mascherano playing it up, looking all heroic with the bleeding, commentators saying “he gave it all…can’t fault his commitment.” Lads…he was fucking shit. Argentina looks best when Banega and Perez cut mascherano from play. Whenever he touches the ball argentina looked worst every time. His first touches 2nd touches 3rd touches all kill the tempo and speed of a counter attack. Arg was never been a dangerous team in counter just because of his natural slow moving forward with ball.

    • You have serious problem with Mascherano.

      go to doctor to check it unless you are English or Brasil troll.

      Mascherano is fault for everything in your brain ha? Caballero s gift to Croatia is his fault?
      Iceland stupid goal his fault too?

      once that you called Masche pig i will say that MASCHERANO IS NOT PIG.

      YOU ARE PIG together with all English and Brasilians.

  40. I wouldn’t start Lo Celso in this game. Have seen him only in a few big games (olympics and champions league) and he has been nervous and made very bad decisions. So maybe Enzo will be a better fighter protecting our defence with Masche (who is a sure starter like it or not..) and the creative responsibilities lie on the shoulders of Banega. 10/10 performance against Nigeria! Skill, passes, defending and 90min fitness! Let’s hope that he shows up again. I for one will never forget how good he was in that game.

  41. Iranian Referee Alireza Faghani is the match official for Argentina vs France match.

    He was the match official in Olympics 2016 final. So far he Presided over 2 matches in this World Cup.

    In a those 3 matches European teams(Germany,Serbia & Germany) lost to American teams (Brazil,Brazil & Mexico)

    #JustSaying

  42. Karl & WC2022 are not Argentinian fans, but the agents of one of our enemies. Since we have many enemies, we can’t say which one they belong to.

    I just wanna tell them, FUCK OFF YOU BITCHES.

    • Who are they. I don’t remember seeing them. Because normally i ignore Asshole trolls.
      Anyway thanks.. share more such handles. Will be helpful to stay away from all Filths.

    • I love Argentina and I also love Messi’s friends. You haters don’t like Mascherano, Enzo and Biglia, so you are saying people who support them are enemy’s agents? Interesting. I just tell you the truth, Lo Celso/Dybala/Ansaldi will be no better than Biglia/Enzo/Meza, because they have no chemistry with Messi. Also, you have to admit that Messi loves playing with his friends. If he doesn’t, both Barcelona and Argentina could be better team for sure. So why both Barcelona and Argentina finally accept Messi’s friends club? The reason is making Messi happy is relatively easier than building a team.

      • I clearly know your intention. You want to stick “Friends Club” troll in the minds of Argentinian fans here.

        Barcelona doesn’t have a better team because of their inept board (compared to RM).

        Argentina doesn’t have a better team because there have not been a single player who could compete with our established players. Our previous coaches were also dumb to raise any. Only Sampoli tried to bring young talented players. If we had found the likes of Pavon, Ascacibar, Lo Celso, Tagliafico in 2015, our team would be entirely different.

        So just fuck off with your Friends Club trolls.

  43. I think playing the same eleven is necessary.

    1. Higuain needs to keep pressing the French CBs like its the end of the world.
    2. Di Maria needs to run like Forrest Gump to contain Mbappe.
    3. Mascherano needs to pass to blue and white shirts, not to the other team’s players like he was doing against Nigeria.
    4. Banega needs to show up again (which I have massive doubts).
    5. Tagliafico needs to be himself again.

    If all these 5 clicks, we’ll win.

  44. Argentina scoring first against France is very crucial.
    1. Argentina are mentally weak when chasing a game and play more confidently when leading.
    2. Opens France up even more which is music to Argentina’s ears as we’ve consistently faced parked buses.
    3. France have been dull this tournament and have not been tested to chase a game. Could they crumble to the added pressure of chasing a game?

  45. Penalty record of the players career:

    France:
    Antoine Griezmann 11/6 (11 goals, 6 saved)
    Olivier Giroud 15/1
    Kylian Mbappe 0/0
    Paul Pogba 5/1
    Tolisso 1/0
    Thauvin 8/2
    Fekir 7/2

    Hugo Lloris 62/11 (62 scored, 11 saving penalty) 15%

    Vs.

    Argentina:

    Messi 79/24 (79 goals and 24 saved)
    Aguero 39/9
    Higuain 19/7
    Di Maria 2/1
    Dybala 19/4
    Perez 4/0
    Banega 10/2
    Biglia 13/4
    Mascherano 1/0

    Franco Armani 13/5 (5 penalty saved in 18 attempts) 27.8%

    It seems like Argentina has the edge if we face PK shootout. Well as long as the regulars will score. Armani is better than Lloris at stopping PK.

    Caballero? 16/11 (11 penalty saved in 27 attempts) 40.7%

  46. Being very SARCASTIC here 4-2-3-1 Narrow

    Higuain
    Kun Messi Dybala

    Acuna Di Maria

    Tagliafico Fazio Otamendi Ansaldi

    Armani

    Subs, would be Pavon where he switches with Kun, who then moves to the far right, dybala replaces Messi in the Middle while Messi replaces pipita up front.
    Masch replaces Acuna and Di Maria is replaced by Banega whenever needed.

    This is the formation I use when I play FIFA18 World cup mode and can you say goals galore where everybody up front is rated 9+ and a ton of goals.

    With all seriousness, SAM might as well be playing FIFA!!! I don’t want to see Meza coming in for anybody and Higuian played well in passing, holding up the ball but Missed the easy put away when WE NEEDED IT THE MOST and then Rojo comes in a does his job for him. Kun for him and not with 10 mins left on the clock.
    Unfortunately I doubt we’ll ever see Dybala unless it is desperate times!! AKA when the game is lost.

  47. After the last win, Messi’s friends will be unstoppable. Lo Celso, Dybala, and Ansaldi will have no chance in this world cup. The sub for Banega/Enzo is Biglia.

  48. Lo Celso, Fazio, Dybala and Ansaldi are spectators this world cup. If they don’t trust them that much, they should’ve selected other players instead, or what’s the point to let them sit on the bench. Now their form sucks after sitting on the bench for weeks.

    • All the 23 players cannot start. Also, you cant keep rotating the starting x1 in WC. Keep the winning x1 and alter slightly according to needs.
      All of your mentioned players are great players and deserved starters.

  49. Man, Sampaoli really likes to troll us. The two players we want playing, he’s rather use them in press conferences. Same thing goes for Dybala. Lol

    I would have this line up against France:

    Armani
    Mercado-Fazio-Oramendi-Rojo
    Di Maria-Lo Celso-Banega
    Messi-Aguero-Dybala

    • Argentina vs France
      Armani vs Lloris (W: Lloris but by little)
      Mercado vs Pavard (Winner: Mercado)
      Fazio vs Varane (W: Varane)
      Otamendi vs Umtiti (W: Umtiti)
      Rojo vs Hernandez (W: Rojo)
      Lo Celso vs Kante (W: Kante)
      Di Maria vs Tolisso/Matuidi (W: Tolisso or Matuidi)
      Banega vs Pogba (W: Pogba)
      Messi vs Griezman (W: Messi duhhh)
      Aguero vs Giroud (W: Aguero)
      Dybala vs Mbappe (W: Dybala)
      [Mbappe is overrated imo]

      Overal, defense id say we’re even, in Attack we’re better, but we’ll lose the battle in the midfield which is crucial!

      But anything is possible! Beat France, and we can beat ANYONE!
      Vamos Argentina!!!!!
      🇦🇷🏆🇦🇷

      • Because, who else will go there? Acuña? Salvio? Meza? Enzo again?
        The only viable option is Lo Celso but it’s very unlikely!

        I say Di Maria because the job of Enzo was to tuck in when Messi was wide, and when Messi tucks in, that he go out wide. But Enzo doesn’t have the pace to play out wide, but Di Maria does. He can cut in while Messi plays wide, and cause all kind of mischief for the French Defence. Hernandez will not hold Messi, now imagine him holding Messi and Di Maria! Impossible!

        Dybala as LF! MAD vs Lloris = Goals!!

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