Maradona jittery just before crucial Argentina-Croatia match

Cautions his team to plan well and execute better

Lionel Messi has class, and he got a world class squad with him too. Auguro, Di Maria, Mascherano, Higuain etc.Yet, his principal defender seems to be the legendary Diego Maradona himself.

Diego finds himself a worried man just as Argentina face Croatia in a crucial Group D clash on Thursday. The way, football enthusiasts were going on Messy, was not at all liked by Maradona.

Messi’s statistics of playing for his country has been dismal to say the least. On the contrary Ronaldo has a better one. I foresee history remaining unchanged.

Messi just doesn’t seem to have it in him, when it comes to his country. He has only been a success in club football.

Following Argentina’s 1-1 draw against Iceland in their opening fixture of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, football legend Diego Maradona, too, has cautioned his team ahead of their second tie against Croatia.

However, his soft spot for Messi could not be held back for anything. Maradona said, Lack of support for Messi could trouble Argentina against Croatia.

Maradona cutioned that despite the off-field problems surrounding Croatia, Arentina will have to come out better prepared. That’s quite understandable as Croatians go into the game in ebullient mood after a comfortable 2-0 win over Nigeria.

On a hindsight, their mood can hardly be described as euphoric in Croatian camp. They came into the tournament under a cloud, with captain Luka Modric charged with perjury in a corruption scandal which has rocked Croatian football.

Still, Maradona was not fully convinced with that. He wrote in a column on Thursday, “You need better planning and an improved performance to beat a pedigree team like Croatia. It will be a different game because Croatia will not camp around the penalty box.

They have creativity in the midfield in Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, who are experts at controlling the flow of play.’

Maradona called the Iceland result a “disgrace” and warned coach Jorge Sampaoli he would not be able to return to Argentina with similar performances.

Adding to the sense of disappointment, Messi’s missed penalty was accompanied by 11 unsuccessful shots, the most in a World Cup game without return by a single player since Italy’s Luigi Riva in 1970.

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