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WCup expectations a ‘sufferance’ for Messi

first_imgEven before they squeezed into the second round, Argentina flattered to deceive, drawing 1-1 with Iceland, losing 3-0 to Croatia and squeezing past a plucky Nigeria 2-1 in the group stages.Sampaoli said expectations that Argentina would win the tournament emanating from the country’s football federation stifled the creativity and success of Messi and his fellow players.“The best player in the world (Messi) was devoted” to the Argentina cause, Sampaoli said in comments to Spanish sports daily Marca.“At his club (Barcelona) he has great stability. But when he comes to the national team a collective hysteria takes over and it’s like we’re expected to win.“This is not possible. If we don’t win, it’s him (Messi) who cops all the criticism. So you can’t play, and you can’t enjoy it.”He added: “The weight of expectation on this team was too heavy. We all felt pushed by the obligation to win, which meant it was difficult for us to express our talents.“It was difficult to work in those conditions because there was only one available option: to be world champions.“Putting that kind of obligation ahead of the match itself made everything much more complicated.”Although Sampaoli pledged to hang on to his job following their elimination, he soon resigned from his post.The Argentinian federation have appointed Lionel Scaloni, their former under-20 coach, as Argentina coach.Sampaoli, 58, offered him some advice: “We need to find a balance so that this obligation to win doesn’t generate even more anxiety.“Every match (at the World Cup) was a sufferance.”Messi’s future with the national side has been in doubt since Argentina’s elimination.According to reports, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner asked not to be considered for selection for a series of friendlies in September and October.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Game over: Argentina’s Lionel Messi walking off the pitch after their 4-3 defeat to France at the World Cup. © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMADRID, Spain, Oct 9 – Former Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said the ‘Albiceleste’ were saddled with excessive expectations at the World Cup, stifling the performances of his players, including Lionel Messi.Argentina were tipped as possible winners of the tournament in Russia but were eliminated at the knockout phase following a tense 4-3 defeat to eventual champions France.last_img read more

OUTRAGE AS SCENIC FOREST WALK LEFT LIKE A DUMPSITE BY ‘CAMPERS’

first_imgThe horrific state of the woods left behind by so-called ‘campers.’This is the disgusting site which greeted walkers in one of Donegal’s most scenic woods yesterday.The vile mess was left behind at Lisnagra Woods in Muff by ‘campers’ who left their campsite like a rubbish site.Items of clothing were also left behind.The thoughtless vandals even left their tent behind. Walker Gary McDaid who found the mess was horrified by the picture he was gutted with while out and about.Big-hearted Gary has vowed to return to the forest today to clean up the mess.If whoever created the mess had any decency or community spirit in them, they would get there before him.OUTRAGE AS SCENIC FOREST WALK LEFT LIKE A DUMPSITE BY ‘CAMPERS’ was last modified: July 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:campersdonegalLisnagra Woodslittermuffrubbishlast_img read more