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Furious Maradona Wants To Meet Argentina Players

Furious Diego Maradona Wants To Meet Argentina Players

By David Kappel - Jun 26, 2018 11:34 AM @kappilinho

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has reacted furiously to the Albiceleste's 3-0 shock defeat to Croatia, and wants to meet Lionel Messi and his teammates before their crucial clash with Nigeria.

Read: Maradona: Players Had My Back, Messi Has No One

The two-time world champions have collected only one point at the 2018 FIFA World Cup so far, after drawing 1-1 with Iceland before the humbling defeat to Croatia.

"It cost us too much to be where we are for Croatia to hit us for three goals and to leave with our arms crossed without putting a foot in," Maradona told Venezuelan TV channel Telesur.

"We're going to defend our honour.

"I'm furious and very upset inside, because anyone who has worn that shirt can't see it being trampled like that by a Croatian team that isn't Germany, that isn't Brazil, that isn't Holland or Spain."

Maradona also said he "would love" to meet the players ahead of their game against the Super Eagles, before placing the blame for the team's poor performances on coach Jorge Sampaoli and Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia.

"There is a guilty party and the culprit is the president of the AFA. Everyone just accepted it when Sampaoli came in with computers, with drones, with 14 assistants," he added.

"I think there is a total lack of authority on Tapia's part."

Read: Reports: Argentina Squad Hold Crunch Talks With Manager

Argentina face Nigeria on Tuesday night, and need to win in order to have a chance of progressing, while the Super Eagles could qualify for the last 16 with a draw.

Both Nigeria and Argentina's progression could also depend on the outcome of the match between Croatia and Iceland. The former have already qualified for the next round after collecting two wins from their first two matches, while Iceland have one point so far and need a victory in order to keep their hopes of making it to the last 16 alive.

Do you think Nigeria can knock Argentina out of the World Cup? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Line's Man... Joined: 15 Apr 2018
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Line's Man... Jun 26, 2018 03:24 PM
And In My Country No One Cares, If Our National Team Is Losing Or Doing Bad. Diego Maradona Is Doing The Right Thing...
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Joined: 24 Mar 2017
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Jun 26, 2018 03:13 PM
So Maradona wants to give these players cocaine in order to help them qualify
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PROPHET OF DOOM Joined: 08 Jun 2018
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PROPHET OF DOOM Jun 26, 2018 02:24 PM
They must just give him a walking stick and let him play.
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KennyMajozi45 Jun 26, 2018 02:22 PM
@ayab they are absolutely useless. i also lost my bet cause of them
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Warras4phefeni Jun 26, 2018 02:13 PM
He's obsessed with attention this drug Lord he must learn to keep quiet sometimes
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Pirates_999 Jun 26, 2018 01:32 PM
I think Maradona is becoming Junior Khanya, he likes attention too much. He is not special anymore he was a good player and a bad coach he had his now he must let others do their part even if they are failing it's fine
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King of them ALL Joined: 31 Mar 2018
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King of them ALL Jun 26, 2018 01:32 PM
this madala is undermining the Croatians entlek what has he archived with Argentina while he was a coach nxa sit down and shurrup maan madala
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@azzaniawest Joined: 07 Nov 2017
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@azzaniawest Jun 26, 2018 01:20 PM
ARGENTINA FAN NUMBER ONE
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msebenzi zibi Jun 26, 2018 12:39 PM
all the best to NIGERIA.
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Ruud-Krol(mugabel) Jun 26, 2018 12:32 PM
Drama queen, did he meet them when they were hammered 4-1 by Germany while he was the coach?
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ayab Jun 26, 2018 12:09 PM
Yerrrrrrr! MABATYIWE, i lost my bet too because of their useless fancy play
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alizebucs1986 Jun 26, 2018 11:57 AM
Meet them Maradona and Give that short one a hot clap,he cost u the 3 Points and he cost me my Ticket at Superbets
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Mashia1950 Jun 26, 2018 11:57 AM
So Maradona thinks Croatia isn't good enough to beat Argentina let alone humiliate it. Wish Nigeria kick his A>>S or Iceland win over Croatia since they have rested 6 players on their starting line up.

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