Super Eagles opponents Argentina beat Haiti 4-0 in friendly

Iniesta sits alone on the pitch hours after the game

Iniesta sits alone on the pitch hours after the game

"That is the schedule that the AFA (the Argentinian football federation) have given us".

"But we do not have to throw the message of "we are going to be the world champion because we are the best", because the reality is that it is not like that".

"It's fundamental to start the World Cup well, not go insane thinking about a hypothetical final, and think about it stage by stage".

With Argentina's first group game against Iceland in Russian Federation but weeks away, Messi also spoke about his worldwide career - which has seen him reach the World Cup final in 2014 but never lift a major trophy - and whether he might've been a part of the all-conquering Spain side of the last decade instead.

After three straight brutal extra-time losses in finals of major tournaments, Messi and Argentina desperately want a World Cup. "We have to be realistic and, with a humble attitude, we're going to go out seeking that dream" of winning the title, he said. We are not candidates but we are very good, training and improving day by day.

Croatia was forced to get through a playoff to qualify for their second consecutive World Cup, despite featuring great players. We can go toe-to-toe with any team.

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The five-time Ballon d'Or victor added: "In a World Cup, logic is nearly never given".

When you have a player like Messi in your ranks, naturally, you're going to be considered as one of the favourites. "We have to aim to win the first game, which is the most important because it will give us peace of mind".

We go to Russian Federation with a great team which is getting stronger on a collective and an individual level.

Super Eagles' forward, Ahmed Musa has stated that Gernot Rohr's men must not be a walkover for Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. "This is a attractive opportunity and we're going to give it our all".

It has been revealed that Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, was pressurised into including injured Moses Simon on the list of players traveling to London ahead of the friendly game against England scheduled for this weekend.

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC.

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