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.
The four-time FIFA Ballon d’Or award winner says that Argentina face a tough fight to even qualify from the group stages. The South American team come into the World Cup 2014 as one of the favourites to win the competition. After years of underperforming with the national team, Messi slowly appears to find the best way of performing with his international compatriots.
He has formed a great partnership with Manchester city striker Sergio Aguero. The 26-year-old did not especially get on well with Carlos Tevez and the absence of the Juventus striker in the team has indirectly contributed to Messi doing well. Sabella has managed to find his best team in the last few months.
Argentina have an easy group on paper after being drawn with the likes of Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovnia, and Nigeria. Only Nigeria are expected to provide Argentina with some test, but Messi reckons that all the teams at the World Cup have come on the basis of being excellent in the qualifying campaigns.
Hence, it is not expect any easy games in the World Cup, which starts in June.
"There’s been a lot of talk about how easy it’s going to be, that Argentina are bound to go through comfortably, but it’s a World Cup and there are no easy teams. If they’re there it’s because they deserve to be – there are no straightforward matches at a World Cup," said Messi, who recently lost the Ballon d’Or crown to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Argentina's first match of the tournament will be against Bosnia and it will take place on 15 June. Argentina's last success in the World Cup was back in 1986.