first_imgWorld Cup ‘Argentina are not the favourites’ – Messi ready for World Cup fight Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 21:43 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lionel Messi, Argentina Getty World Cup Argentina Lionel Messi Argentina v Iceland The Barcelona star is looking forward to the tournament in Russia and feels the Albiceleste have a squad capable of challenging for glory Lionel Messi views Argentina’s impressive collection of star talents as a reason for optimism ahead of a “very even” World Cup.The Barcelona superstar headlines a 23-man squad full of dangerous forwards, including Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain.However, a perceived vulnerability in defence has been raised as a barrier to coach Jorge Sampaoli’s chances of leading the country to its first triumph since 1986. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Messi accepts the Albiceleste may not rank among the major contenders, but he sees their individual quality as providing hope for a successful tournament.”We are going with great enthusiasm and much desire,” the skipper told DeporTV .”We have been preparing very well throughout our training camp. We have great players on an individual level and we will fight as an equal to any team, even if we are not the favourites.”Messi heads to the World Cup as the reigning Golden Ball winner after leading Argentina to the final in Brazil four years ago.The 30-year-old, who has also been part of two squads to reach the quarter-finals, expects this instalment to be decided by fine margins.”I have taken part in three World Cups in three different situations because of how they were played, and in all of them I took positive things,” he said.”The great favourites will arrive very well in terms of both their team and their individual players. I think it is going to be a very even World Cup.”Argentina commence their campaign against Iceland on June 16 before further Group D meetings with Croatia and Nigeria.last_img

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