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Football: Don't blame Messi if Argentina fail, says Maradona

Published on Jul 3, 2014 8:29 PM
 
Former football star Diego Maradona (centre) arrives in the stands before the start of the Uefa Europa League semifinal football match Juventus vs Benfica on May 1st, 2014 at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. Argentina are playing far below their best, are over-reliant on Lionel Messi and must improve if they are to beat Belgium in their World Cup quarter-final, according to Maradona. -- PHOTO: AFP

BELO HORIZONTE (REUTERS) - Argentina are playing far below their best, are over-reliant on Lionel Messi and must improve if they are to beat Belgium in their World Cup quarter-final, according to Diego Maradona.

"We still haven't got started," Maradona, who won the 1986 World Cup in Mexico with Argentina, said in a withering analysis of the team's performances so far at the tournament in Brazil.

"They need to get it into their heads that we can't be 'Sporting Messi'. Maybe he can score a great goal... but if it doesn't come off for the kid, we can't jump on him tomorrow as if he's guilty of the Argentine disaster."

 
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