"He is ready and he is as good as any player in the squad".
"Messi is very fit and is really looking forward to this World Cup", he said.
Sampaoli is now at the World Cup with Argentina.
Sampaoli said that Argentina started slowly and wasted too much time passing the ball around innocuously in midfield - although he may have played a part in that by fielding two defensive players, Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia, in front of the defence. From a football perspective, there is nothing not to love about the least populous nation ever to play in a World Cup. For Iceland, the humbling of a soccer superpower.
"When you choose a goalkeeper, it's all about his capabilities and how well he interacts with his team mates - we didn't chose Caballero simply because of his ability with his feet", he said.
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Keir Starmer, the main opposition Labour's chief Brexit spokesman said: "The government's amendment is simply not good enough". At nearly the final moment on Tuesday, the two sides agreed to find a compromise and have until 1600 GMT to present it.
Peru's Paolo Guerrero will look to prove his drug-ban controversy is behind him in the other Group C game against the Danes.
"We can't afford to get stage fright", he said ahead of the Group C tie against the Socceroos.
"It hurt missing the penalty".
Guerrero has said the failed drug test came from tea served in a cup tainted with coca leaf residue in a Lima hotel.
In the day's later games, Denmark broke Peru's hearts as the South American country made their first appearance in the finals since 1982.
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Now the 62,000 capacity stadium is close to completion, and Liverpool will be the first competitive visitors. Dates for all 380 matches will be revealed, with the league campaign running from 11 August to 19 May.
A day littered with penalties and reviews began when Josh Risdon was adjudged to have tripped France forward Antoine Griezmann in the box at the Kazan Arena.
France has one of the deepest rosters, but the team has been criticized because some find coach Didier Deschamps' tactical approach boring.
France coach Didier Deschamps said the Euro 2016 finalists must improve. The only World Cup matchday with four consecutive matches, it featured a slip-up from a favorite, the first use of video assistant referee and more. It's about knowing your strengths and weaknesses and playing to them. "They have just one chance and a half in the whole game, and they scored". "If I get on the pitch I know I am going to try to make something happen".
Juventus striker Higuain will be left out in favour of Aguero, who is overcoming a knee injury that kept him out of Manchester City's final games of the Premier League season. Our Nigeria expert, Colin, reckons there will be plenty of goals and a 3-2 win for his side - the only person to back the Super Eagles.
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In " Abyss ", you must fight your way through enemies in both "hand-crafted" and procedurally-generated maps to collect treasure. It's inspired by the more combat-orientated The Elder Scrolls: Arena , the very first entry in the series from back in 1994.