Jorge Sampaoli feeling the pressure as Argentina seek unlikely progress

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Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli is set to remain in charge until the end of the Albiceleste's 2018 World Cup campaign, despite rumours of a player revolt in the wake of Thursday's 3-0 group-stage defeat to Croatia.

Croatia has no pressure in its match against Iceland, which must win its final Group D game in Rostov-on-Don to advance.

After Argentina's awful start to the World Cup, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has declared that he is ready to fight in order to qualify for the round of 16 and confirmed that he will not retire without having won the World Cup, report agencies.

Sherwood then went on to critique the Argentinian manager and his team even more by saying: "He looked like he was going to fight in a pub with them tattoos".

The two-time World Cup champions are staring a shock early exit in the face.

"We have to make our goal five games to reach the final".

The 2014 World Cup final in Brazil was supposed to be Lionel Messi's crowning moment, the chance for him to take his place alongside Diego Maradona in Argentina's pantheon of heroes.

For all his heroics with Barcelona at club level, Messi is still often compared unfavourably in his homeland for his inability to recreate Maradona's success for the national team.

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Former World Cup victor Diego Maradona has requested a meeting with the Argentina squad in a bid to inspire the out of form players.

"That match was complicated for Messi because the structure of the game didn't favour him", he said.

Even if Iceland claims its first-ever World Cup victory, Argentina could still progress on goal difference.

"I would like to be the first in the group, but we have to take care of ourselves".

Messi is 31, and has yet to taste World Cup glory - he has only won an Olympic Gold Medal for his country, back in 2008 - with Zabaleta believing that baggage from previous failures weighs heavy.

Argentina didn't enter this World Cup as a favorite, having struggled in qualifying and gotten thumped, 6-1, by Spain in a March friendly while Messi watched while recovering from injury.

In their hour of need, Argentina need Messi's best once more. Messi scored twice when Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in the group stage four years ago.

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