Sabella saw a more counter-attacking style based on less possession and no fixed position for Messi as the way forward - the kind of role he now plays for his club. Argentina has underachieved for years during which the Albiceleste has become entirely too over-reliant on the mercurial playmaker.
Argentina, which has not missed the second round since failing to qualify for the 1970 World Cup, has not been eliminated.
Messi's teammates have rallied around their superstar captain after his disappointing performance against Iceland.
For many Argentines, that means while he may be the world's best player now, Messi has not entered the same pantheon as Maradona "El Pibe" (The Kid) who won the 1986 World Cup. "I told him 'This is the World Cup of 40 million (Argentinians)". They took the lead through Sergio Aguero but conceded a goal to Alfred Finnbogason before Messi missed a second-half penalty.
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"They [Iran] went out to waste time, whereas we like to win in a different way", he said.
And former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter said he believes the World Cup should return to England when Europe next gets its turn to host the tournament. Their latest ad featuring two of world'd greatest footballers, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are at the centre of it all. The responsibility for the defeat will be put on Messi.
Australia's equalizer in the 38th minute came 31 minutes after Denmark opened the scoring with a gorgeous goal by Christian Eriksen.
"Everything that happens to the team and the players' drop in form is down to the management".
" It is not easy to play against them, but our players have to enjoy the match".
"Argentina were ridiculed by Croatia and has jeopardised its future in the competition", La Nacion added. "As coaches we need to realize these things and I am the one who needs to accept that".
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