BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Lionel Messi doesn't count Argentina among the best teams in the World Cup so far.
The Argentina captain said his team committed too many mistakes in its 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina, including starting the game with two attackers instead of three.
"I think the best teams in the in first games were the Netherlands and Germany," Messi said Monday. "But I think there are still teams that haven't shown what they can do and it's difficult to draw conclusions from a single match. I think as the tournament goes on they will improve."
The Netherlands stunned defending champion Spain 5-1 — a result Messi said no one expected — while Germany thrashed Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal 4-0 in their opening games.
Messi stopped short of criticizing coach Alejandro Sabella but said he hopes Argentina will stick with the three-man attack it used in the second half against Bosnia — even against stronger opponents.
"We are Argentina and I think we have to focus on ourselves and not on who we're facing," Messi said. "Of course depending on the result of a game we can change to another system. But personally I think we need to look at ourselves first and not focus on the rival."
Sabella started the match with Messi as a one of two attackers in a 5-3-2 formation that the Barcelona star said left him and Sergio Aguero cut off from the game. Argentina played poorly and was lucky to be ahead 1-0 at half-time after an own-goal.