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Daily Mail - - World Cup 2018 -

THE BOSS JORGE SAM­PAOLI

It says a great deal that the for­mer Chile man­ager is at the World Cup and they are not. Sam­paoli, who led the Chileans to the last 16 in 2014 and won the Copa Amer­ica the fol­low­ing year, has been in charge of his home coun­try since 2017.

THE STAR LIONEL MESSI

Time is run­ning out for Messi, who turns 31 dur­ing the tour­na­ment, to win foot­ball’s big­gest prize. The Barcelona for­ward heads to Rus­sia in fine form, fin­ish­ing as Europe’s top scorer with 45 goals this sea­son. He is pure class.

THE PROSPECT GIO­VANI LO CELSO

Deep-ly­ing mid­fielder, 22, with a good pass­ing range who be­came a fix­ture in PSG’s tre­ble-win­ning side.

KEY STRENGTH

When you have for­wards such as Messi (right), Gon­zalo Higuain, Ser­gio Aguero and Paulo Dy­bala, you are al­ways go­ing to stand a great chance.

BIG­GEST WEAK­NESS

The same can­not be said for the de­fence. Javier Mascher­ano now plays in China while Roma’s Fed­erico Fazio strug­gled to han­dle Liver­pool’s for­wards in Europe.

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