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By Diego Zandrino with Argentina
Following the defeat by Nigeria, Argentina had the opportunity to draw valuable conclusions before yesterday's FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 ™ in the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup.
Big names stand
Lionel Messi has scored more than just a great goal against the Nigerians. He not only hit the post with a free-kick, but also provided an important block when Argentina clung to the hard-earned lead.
"He's the captain, the leader and role model for us," said Federico Fazio in an exclusive interview with FIFA. "It was important to see and value it at its best, which gives us confidence and compels us all to be the best we can be."
In this regard, there were a number of solid achievements in Key Positions: Marcos Rojo and Nicolas Otamendi barely had a foot in the back of their heads; Javier Mascherano provided the necessary balance in midfield, while Ever Banega set the pace and with his Hake passes a constant threat. and although he did not score, Gonzalo Higuain tirelessly made room for his teammates.
All of them who form a backbone that now also includes Franco Armani must be at their best against the French who have won their group thanks more to their individual than to collective strengths.
Intensity and defensive solidity
The Argentine players quickly recognized their weaknesses on the defensive in the first two games, mistakes which occurred despite the good possession of the ball.] However, the four-man defense against Nigeria showed no weaknesses and was very well supported by debutant Armani in goal. The only annoying moments came when  the Albiceleste chased a winner and offered the fast Nigerian strikers holes to exploit them.
"It's not just the defense, the whole team has been working to that end," added Fazio. "Even Leo [Messi] fell back to defend the final ball, which will only make the team stronger and help them grow."
The defense will be a crucial aspect of the encounter with France, a team full of creative talent and attacking talents. The greatest challenge for La Albiceleste in Kazan is to achieve and maintain the necessary level of intensity and concentration. Emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 157 & lang = DE In the last few games, Argentina has recovered from its first setback against Nigeria securing the required result after the Africans equalized at the start of the second half
"The penalty changed everything Frustration and problems came back in a game we were in control of," Mascherano told FIFA after the game , "We lost our heads a bit, but we never stopped fighting and that brought us the bottom line in the end."
This fighting spirit allowed the team to regain their composure and resist the temptation of throwing long balls into the box. and have the cool of the mind to build the train that caused Rojo to score his late winner.
According to Giovani Lo Celso, who plays his club football in France and knows well Argentina's next opponent, this reaction was a matter of experience, a factor that could be vital in Kazan.
"They have some good players, but they are not used to these situations," said the midfielder. "Many of my teammates have several World Championships behind them and we have to try to achieve that."