Reports: Argentina Players Want Jorge Sampaoli To Stand Down Before Final World Cup Group Match

Chris Wright

22nd, June 2018

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It was never going to be pretty, but rumours emanating from the local press paints a picture of full-scale mutiny in the Argentina World Cup camp.

The Albiceleste find themselves on the very verge of elimination after capitulating against Croatia in their second group game, slumping to a wretched 3-0 defeat in Nizhny Novgorod.

It would appear that the blame is being squarely laid at the feet of coach Jorge Sampaoli, who even resorted to the unedifying spectacle of begging fans to forgive him in the direct aftermath of the match.

I would beg for their forgiveness, especially those who made such a great effort to be here. And I repeat what I said, I’m responsible. I was just as dreamy-eyed as any fan before.

So I’m hurt. I did the best job I could and I quite simply did not find a way to give them what they wanted.

Sampaoli also claimed that Argentina were “mentally broken” by the result and that his talisman, Lionel Messi, had his brilliance “clouded by the reality” of the rest of the team.

Later on Thursday evening, Argentinian television channel Todo Noticias claimed that the squad banded together and asked that Sampaoli step aside for the third and final group match against Nigeria.

According to the station’s anonymous source, Sampaoli may have even accepted the request with Jorge Burruchaga set to take the reigns, though rival broadcasters TyC Sports seem a little less certain…

Either way, this looks like a clear case of horse; stable door; bolted; etc.

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  1. sloth says:

    What was worse, his team selection or his tactics?

    Mascherano and Perez (the injury callup) over Biglia or Banega Lo Celso or anyone who doesn’t play in China or actually made the squad?

    Meza, Acuna, and Salvio over Dybala, Di Maria, Pavon… Pastore, Icardi, Correa left home…

    Maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad if they had an idea what they were supposed to do on the pitch, but they obviously gave up after the goal – they have no confidence in Sampaioli and no confidence in each other because of his ineptitude leading the team.

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