Asked about a potential early elimination from the competition, Messi suggested that while he is confident his team can advance, he thinks they are suffering from a lack of confidence.
Messi is still isolated, teamwork is nonexistent, midfielders are easily distracted, putting more pressure on defenders, and interim and inexperienced coach Lionel Scaloni keeps testing new formations.
Paraguay, who were held to a 2-2 draw with Qatar in their first game, are second on two points and must beat Colombia to be guaranteed a spot in the quarter-finals. Argentina and Qatar have one point each, but Qatar is ahead on tiebreakers.
"It would be insane if we couldn't progress from the group given there are practically three teams that go through".
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"It would be insane if we can't advance from the group stage, when basically three teams advance from each group".
But the five-time world player of the year says Argentina's reality is different now.
"It's true that they don't know us very well in South America, but we have super professional players and we've come to compete, not to take photos with [Lionel] Messi,"Qatar boss Sanchez said. Now we have one game left and the only hope we have left is to win it".
There are still questions about Argentina's starting lineup.
Given that he briefly quit the national team when they lost in the final last time out, how he'll react should they crash out at the group stage is anyone's guess. Messi and Sergio Aguero are likely to play with Lautaro Martinez or Paulo Dybala, who has played zero minutes at the Copa America.
Argentina had been second best in the first half of their 2-0 defeat by Colombia last Saturday, but then still conceded both goals in a much improved second-half showing. "We are lucky to be alive", he said. It is hard to see Argentina drawing a blank, meaning the goalscoring burden will be on Ali.