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Argentina's La Albiceleste Face Netherlands' Oranje


Argentina fans celebrate their team progressing to the quarter finals after defeating Australia at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

35-year-old Argentinian forward Lionel Messi continues his bid to win his first FIFA World Cup as the South Americans go up against Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the global football tournament Friday.

Argentina’s talisman Messi will be taking to the pitch hoping to carry his team past the Oranje into the semifinals.

Experts say the 2022 tournament is likely to be Messi’s last World Cup and add, the South Americans will likely be turning to him to play a crucial role in determining whether they will advance to the next stage.

The 35-year-old has been compared to other goal scoring veterans such as Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a goal against Ghana with a banner of Lionel Messi behind him at the 2022 FIFA World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a goal against Ghana with a banner of Lionel Messi behind him at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

When asked who is better between Messi and Ronaldo, football expert Robbie Lyle said, “it’s got to be Messi,” adding, “I’ve been to all the games out there and he ran the show in their last game against Australia.”

Discussing his starting 11 options for the clash against Oranje, Argentina’s coach Lionel Scaloni expressed confidence in all his players.

“We know that our team will break their backs as we have done in previous games,” said Scaloni.

Argentina's coach Lionel Scaloni addresses media ahead of their clash against Netherlands at the 2022 FIFA World Cup
Argentina's coach Lionel Scaloni addresses media ahead of their clash against Netherlands at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

“Sometimes we’ve played very well, sometimes not that well, but we have always stood up for ourselves and that’s the thing that our people value,” added Scaloni.

Louis van Gaal, Netherlands coach has been the brunt of criticism from experts who question his choice of tactics and whether those will help the Europeans best their South American counterparts in their quarterfinal clash.

Van Gaal responded to criticism of him abandoning traditional Dutch tactics by arguing that football has evolved.

“When I came up with the defensive system for the 2014 World Cup, I received a lot of criticism but now half the world plays like that and football has evolved towards it, said Van Gaal.

Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal addresses media ahead of their quarter finals clash against Argentina at the 2022 FIFA World Cup
Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal addresses media ahead of their quarter finals clash against Argentina at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

The 71-year-old Dutch coach also expressed confidence in his sides ability to beat Argentina’s La Albiceleste and go all the way to the finals.

“We are also a country that has a chance to become world champions because I hope we are the best team,” he said.

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