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Argentina to adopt Messi’s preferred formation for Iran encounter

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By Stephen Donovan

Saturday 21 June 2014

Argentina are to change their formation for Saturday’s game against Iran after star player Lionel Messi complained about the system his side played in their opening World Cup match, writes BBC Sport.

Lionel Messi

Alejandro Sabella’s side began with a somewhat unconvincing win over Bosnia & Herzegovina, where they played with three central defenders. Afterwards, Messi declared his unhappiness at that system, asking for a 4-3-3 formation to be used for their remaining games.

Messi will be the focal point once again for the match against an Iran side that defended well to earn a point in their opener against Nigeria. Victory will take Argentina through, and Sabella has agreed to go with Messi’s preferred formation. He said: "I was not hurt by Leo's comment and he has said that before. We can all make mistakes. We will start with a 4-3-3 formation and we will take it from there."

"He was asked how he likes to play and he answered what he thinks in a respectful way. We respect each other, we have a very strong team spirit. It is good to have an open dialogue with my players. If you don't let them say what they want to say then you won't get the best out of them."

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