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Marcos Rojo Reveals What Lionel Messi Said In Inspirational Team Talk

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Indeed, Argentinian journalist Fernando Niembro has even accused the captain of taking over squad selection duties from Sampaoli.

"After the first game [against Iceland] I gave you a good luck amulet that my wife gave me, I don't know if you threw it away or something", the reporter asked following Argentina's win over Nigeria.

The group stage of the tournament was not as tough for France, who defeated Australia 2-1 in their opener, before a 1-0 victory against Peru guaranteed them advancement in Russian Federation.

The 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward already has one goal to his name in the group stages and will look to utilize his speed and agility to cut through Argentina's defense and lead the attack alongside other stars like Antoine Griezmann.

Not even a lively performance from Lionel Messi - at least in the first half in St Petersburg - as they edged out Nigeria 2-1 to finish second in Group D will give their large traveling band of supporters in Russian Federation much in the way of confidence.

Sampaoli was unstinting in his praise of Messi, describing him as "the best player in the world" and a "genius", but preferred to focus more on the display he expected from his whole team on Saturday.

"They are a very complete team".

When greeted by reporters after the win, one man ask if the Argentine has the charm he had given him from his mother and the five time Ballon d'Or victor shocked everyone when he pulled down his sock.

It was the birthday boy Ever BANEGA who today turns 30 and coach Jorge SAMPAOLI who represented the team at the press conference.

"We'll play with a knife between our teeth", he said.

"We need to make passes to Leo so he can create chances. After that, they get a lot of goals within three or four touches".

Sampaoli said his team would summon more aggression against France, one of the favourites to win the tournament in Russian Federation. "It was hard for us but luckily we were able to win".

French defender, Samuel Umtiti has revealed that club team-mate Lionel Messi is different player for Argentina's Albiceleste when compared to what he does at Barcelona.

I said before the game that he was going to score a goal and that Messi would score twice for all the people who were saying bad things about him.

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