NO EASY GAMES

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has said that his nation does not face any easy games at the World Cup 2014. The Barcelona forward slowly appears to be showing his best form for the national team.

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SABELLA UNDER FIRE

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has come under criticism from Inter Milan for calling up the player who has been injured for more than a month.

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Betting on Chelsea

Betting on who will win the Premier League at this stage of preseason is tricky. The big clubs are on their marathon global tours and predicting how those results will go down is impossible. Manchester United have already lost one tour game, a 1-0 result against Singha All Stars, while rivals City lost 2-0 in Pretoria. These results only create uncertainly for predicting who will win the league.

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BALE IS LIKE MESSI

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has praised Tottenham winger Gareth Bale by saying that he is one of the best in the world. The 23-year-old Welsh winger recently scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 victory for Tottenham over Southampton.

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SABELLA IMPRESSED

Argentina national team manager Alejandro Sabella praised his team after they earned a 1-1 draw against Bolivia in the World Cup qualifying match. Argentina recently managed a 3-0 win over Venezuela that almost put them into the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. As a result, there was less pressure on the team to deliver a result against Bolivia.

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ARGENTINA TAKE ON SWEDEN

Argentina will be taking on Sweden in a friendly match as a preparation ahead of the World Cup qualifying matches that will resume in March. The team has not managed a victory in the last two friendly matches against Saudi Arabia and Brazil.

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MESSI WANTS TEAM PRIZE

The Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has claimed that he would happily swap the number of personal accolades he has received in recent seasons for the ultimate prize for a team – the World Cup.

DRAW NOT GOOD ENOUGH

The Argentina captain Lionel Messi has said that he is extremely dissatisfied with the 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia in a recent friendly match. Argentina came into the match as one of the inform teams in the world due to the recent performances of the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

After years of under performing with the national team, this has been a great year for the 25-year-old. He has scored numerous goals for Argentina in all competitions, but he could not break the deadlock in the recent match against minnows Saudi Arabia. This result means that Argentina will have to end the year on a sour note, which is a shame after having such great performances over the course of the year according to the Argentine.

Alejandro Sabella has made numerous changes to the national team by focusing on the 25-year-old Lionel Messi. This has paid rich dividends because the team has been able to enjoy victories over top teams like Germany and Brazil in a friendly matches, while they are also top of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying group from South America. Messi has said that it feels like they have lifted the game to Saudi Arabia after a poor performance, while they did everything they could to win the match.

"We gifted them the game. It is a pity to end the year like this, after all we have been doing. We did not do the things we had to do, from the beginning of the game. Although we played better afterwards, we did not manage a win," said the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi after the match. Argentina World Cup qualifying campaign will resume in March of next year with the match against Venezuela after which they will be playing the likes of Bolivia and Colombia.

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ONE OF THE BEST

The Argentina national team manager Alejandro Sabella has said that the attacking prowess within the current team is one of the best in the world, but has said that he does not think the future generation might be able to match the current generation in this regard.

The Argentina national team is one of the best in the world when it comes to attacking football due to the presence of players like Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero. However, there was once a time when Argentina struggled to produce quality strikers who were capable of matching the great Diego Maradona.

Alejandro Sabella feels that the Argentina national team right now is suffering from the same problem due to the lack of high-quality youngsters coming from the youth academies of various clubs. Alejandro Sabella has said that one of the best aspects of the current team is the attacking strength and he is keen to use this ability to its maximum potential at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The qualification rounds for this competition has already begun. Argentina will be playing against Germany in a friendly match as part of the preparation for the qualification rounds.

"Not to offend anyone on my team, but it is what it is, we are better up front. In [Lionel] Messi, we have the best player in the world and we also have [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Angel] Di Maria and [Sergio] Aguero. There's no doubt that we are better equipped in attack than in defence. And when I say that, I don't mean to offend anyone on my team, but it is what it is," said Alejandro Sabella ahead of this match. The manager has said that most of the current crop of youngsters from Argentina do not have the physical nature, but are good in the technical aspect only.

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SABELLA PRAISES MESSI

The Argentina national team manager Alejandro Sabella has come out in praise of the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi by saying that the nation is gifted that the 24-year-old is not a Brazilian.

Lionel Messi has often been described as the greatest player in the world right now, while many even have been comparing him with some of legends of football like Diego Maradona. He was once again at his explosive best in the recent friendly match against archrivals Brazil. The Brazilian national team has been featuring a number of young players in recent matches, and it was the case once again against Argentina.

Lionel Messi managed to score a wonderful hat-trick to help Argentina win the match 4-3 in the end. The 85th minute winner by Lionel Messi proved to be the decisive goal after Brazil had taken the lead in the second half. Argentina has been looking at various ways to bring out the best from the 24 year old Barcelona player.

Lionel Messi performs exceptionally well for the club team, but it has not been the case with the national team. This season, however, Messi has been doing extraordinary magic for the national team as well. He has now scored a remarkable 77 goals in all competitions this season.

"It's a rare moment that we must make the most of. Luckily he's from Argentina and we can enjoy ourselves. Leo is an exceptional talent, better than Cristiano Ronaldo. We don't play like Barcelona, we play more narrow but we still try to maximise his qualities. Talking about the game itself, it could have gone either way. It is very difficult to control a game against a team with such potential as Brazil. They have great attacking firepower. We need to work on our defence though, as this time we conceded three. We must find the right balance and equilibrium," Sabella told Ole.

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