December 21, 2014
'We improved in spite of the two goals we received’
Argentina captain Lionel Messi highlighted the Albiceleste’s performance and victory over the Nigerian side, in spite of the two goals scored by the African champions.
Messi, who leads the top scorer ranking together with Brazil’s Neymar, both with 4 goals after 3 matches, said this is a “weird tournament”, as “results don’t turn out as expected.”
“We need to stay calm and keep on looking for what we came for,” he told reporters after today’s game, the last of the group stage, played at Porto Alegre.
The Barcelona forward said the team has improved compared to its first two matches, versus Bosnia (2-1 win) and Iran (1-0 win).
“We improved in spite of the two goals we received. We played against a team that wasn’t scared of attacking. I think fans could see a better Argentina, but we still need to get better,” Messi explained.
Argentina topped Group F, followed by Nigeria, and now waits for the last Group G round to know its last-16 opponent, which will be decided between France, Ecuador and Switzerland.
The knockout match will be played next Tuesday at 1 pm, which gives the Albiceleste 6 days to rest, after having only 3 days to recover for today’s match.
“Sabella told me he was replacing me during the second half, but I feel ok, I’m not tired, and we have 6 days to rest now,” Messi said during a press conference after the match.