On Tuesday Lionel Messi said, “Argentina didn’t deserve to go out in the first round as all his teammates barely escaped elimination at the World Cup with a late 2-1 win over Nigeria”.
Messi told TyC Sports after the game, “It was an amazing way to qualify. It took a lot from us but we didn’t deserve to go out in the first round, so we’re all very happy. We knew we were going to win, but we hadn’t expected it to be as tough as it was.”
Messi admitted that Argentina had a nerve rack as they pushed for a winning goal and said it was a “huge relief for all of us” to go through.
Messi, at his postgame press conference, said, “It has been a very balanced game, we were able to control the first half, we had better possession, we tried to create opportunities even after the first goal, and we thought that the second half was going to be similar”. “However, they were able to score with the penalty, and that goal made things more difficult because then we got nervous. We had the impression of time going by faster”.
he said, “I want to thank all the fans for the enormous sacrifice they made to be here and fill the stadium. And the people who are in Argentina suffering with us. They never let all the things they were saying about us to be in their heads, they kept believing and demonstrated that the feelings for a national team are above everything.”
“I told them, I told Ever [Banega] and [Nicolas Otamendi] that I was going to score,” Rojo said. “I dedicated this to my family, they supported me in a bad time. This group of players deserves this more than anyone else. This is just the beginning.”
“Our World Cup begins today,” the superstar said. “We had to win any way we could, and from today this needs to be a new World Cup for us.”
Messi said, “We have watched every single France game. We have watched every single game during this World Cup. We follow every game, and France is a very good team. They have good individual players, very skilled ones, good defenders, good midfielders, very good forwards”. He also added, “They have very fast players who can really make a difference and I also have [club] teammates that I know very well, both in the front and back line. I know who they are, and I know what we have to do. It’s going to be a very tough game, no doubt.”