Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
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Paulo DYBALA on Argentina and Lionel MESSI: "Obviously we can play together"

Paulo DYBALA on Argentina and Lionel MESSI:

- Croatia have scored in each of their last five World Cup games, their longest such streak in the competition.

Brazil, Germany and Argentina have lifted 11 World Cups between them, but all failed to win their opening games in Russian Federation, prompting questions about whether this was a temporary blip or indicative of a major shift in the balance of power.

"MESSI is the first one who wants to change the situation".

Suggestions of an over-reliance on the Barcelona star have dogged Argentina for many years, but "Messidependencia" claims have grown louder ever since they were thrashed 6-1 by Spain in a friendly in March while their talisman watched on injured.

"We are here to help him whenever he needs us, to take advantage from him on each game, and we will keep by his side". MESSI has no substitute.

The 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation is Messi's fourth.

"Obviously we all support him, there is no need to remember that", he said Tuesday.

For Luka Modric, the emphasis must be on the unity of the team, as they go in search of a win that could put them in the last 16.


It seems inevitable that Argentina will bounce back against Croatia simply because of the firepower they have in their squad. "When people say that he doesn't feel it or that he plays for the national team out of obligation, that hurts as a mother and as a family".

"At Barcelona it has become natural to win but at Argentina we've been so unlucky". When Messi is out on the right, Argentina's attacking play lacks an edge.

Everyone is adapting to the team they play. "There doesn't exist the idea of always playing the same style of football". Or something else? These are questions that continue to be asked when it comes to Argentina, and which a succession of national team managers have failed to find a suitable answer to since Messi made his global debut in 2005.

Cuccittini also said Messi's talent is not only on the pitch.

ANSALDI also stated that the team is working hard to get a win.

That said, their preparations have been hampered by the loss of Nikola Kalinic, who has been sent home with an apparent back injury after telling coach Zlatko Dalic he could not come off the bench against Nigeria. "We'll see what happens and what he decides on the day", Pavon said.

Andres Iniesta, 34, is also likely to never feature in a World Cup again after Russian Federation, along with his former FC Barcelona colleague Gerard Pique, who has already hinted at worldwide retirement after this tournament. "All coaches have different ways of playing".

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