Argentina legend and their 1986 World Cup hero Diego Maradona wrote a column in Times of India and expressed that the current Argentina team have no fighting spirit in them after they were handed a humiliating 3-0 defeat by Croatia in their second match of the group stage of World Cup.
The Albiceleste were held to 1-1 draw against Iceland in their opener and Lionel Messi, the skipper of the side could not step up when needed the most as he missed a crucial penalty in the game.
Maradona watched Argentina being humiliated by the Croatians in the second match of the group stage from the stands in stunned disbelieve. He wrote a column for Saturday’s Times of India and said that it was upsetting to see Argentina play the way they did.
“Russia 2018 has been a rude awakening for Argentina, who are in deep trouble following the embarrassing defeat against Croatia. Even if they win their last match, they will be at the mercy of others,” Maradona said.
“I had said that the first two games, especially the second, would be difficult for this Argentina. European opposition, state of the team, questionable strategy and over-reliance on Messi – there were many reasons. Somewhere in my heart, I was still hoping something would happen. Sitting there and watching the dream crumble was sad. To see the addition of 'no fighting spirit' makes it worse.” concluded a disappointed Maradona.
Earlier Maradona said that he had doubts regarding whether the two times world champions would make it past the group stage in the showpiece event and after a draw in their opener against Iceland and a 3-0 thrashing by the Croatians, it seems like that Maradona’s doubts might come true.
Argentina need to beat Nigeria in their last match of the group stage and also hope for other results to go in their favor in order to qualify for the second round of the competition.