Argentina superstar, Lionel Messi, has urged his national team coach to use a more attacking formation against Iran on Saturday.
Alejandro Sabella opted for a 5-3-2 formation in the first half of Argentina’s 2-1 over Bosnia, but changed it already at half-time to give Messi and Sergio Aguero more support.
Messi scored a brilliant goal in the second half and wants Sabella to keep the 4-3-3 formation which Argentina mainly used during their qualification.
"As strikers, we prefer that system as it gives us more attacking opportunities and if we don't use that system we suffer a bit,” he said as quoted by SkySports.
"We as strikers favour that line-up. In the first half I was often on my own and so was Kun (Aguero) and it was very difficult, so there are things to be improved on.
“We are Argentina and I think we have to focus on ourselves and not on who we're facing. Of course depending on the result of a game we can change to another system.
“But personally I think we need to look at ourselves first and not focus on the rival."
Sabella has also admitted the 4-3-3 formation helps his star player as with an extra-striker he has more support upfront.
"Messi is the best player in the world - it's not as though he needs a lot of support but when he receives a boost from his team-mates there is no doubt that it empowers him even more to be the best player in the world.
"I think that whatever happens in this World Cup he is among the best players in the history of football,” the Argentina coach added.
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