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Furious Maradona Wants To Meet Argentina Players

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.

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