‘As slow as the second half display of the Albiceleste’ Yes this is a simile that should be adopted. It has become so common for the Argentines to have an upbeat tempo in the first half, only for it to dwindle in the second.
Messi, who leads this pack of stars has fired a note of warning at his teammates. Argentina played out a 1-0 draw against Jamaica, goal which came in the first half thanks to Higuain.
Messi doesn’t want a repeat of events that saw them surrender a 2-0 lead against Paraguay in the knockout stages.
“In the second half our pace dropped, we played much slower,” said Messi, who was making his 100th appearance for his country.
“We did the same against Paraguay. We struggled to find spaces, the pitch was slower… I do not know why, but it is true that we ran slower.
“In the knockout matches we can’t let that happen again.”