LaLiga News: Argentina can still save the 2019 World Cup campaign, says Barcelona head coach Xavi.

    Argentina can bounce back from their poor start at the World Cup and reach the playoffs, according to Barcelona head coach Xavi.

    Lionel Scaloni’s team suffered a shock first-half Group C loss to Saudi Arabia, with Lionel Messi’s first-half penalty offset by goals from Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari.

    With Mexico and Poland playing their first match elsewhere, this has given Albicelesta a difficult but not unbelievable path past the opening stages of Qatar 2022.

    But speaking for Adidas in Qatar, Xavi, who was a member of the Spain team that lost their first match in South Africa in 2010 before going to win the tournament, thinks they have what it takes to make a difference.

    “I know [how it feels]because it happened to us in 2010 in South Africa,” he said, referring to his own loss to Switzerland a decade ago. “This is a very difficult moment.

    “[There is] more tension, more pressure, but I think they have it all. They have the opportunity to come back, beat Mexico and beat Poland.

    “I have a lot of faith in Leo, in the Argentina national team, in Scaloni. Of course, they have the opportunity to score six points and advance to the next round.”

    Argentina will be in contention to avoid their first group stage exit since Korea/Japan in 2002, the only time they failed to qualify for the playoffs in the 32-team extended format era.

    On Saturday in Lusail, they will face Mexico, and on November 30 in Doha they will end their campaign in Group C against Poland.

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