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Argentina Coach Sampaoli: We Played For Messi To Score But Painful We Crashed Out

Argentina Coach Sampaoli: We Played For Messi To Score But Painful We Crashed Out

By James Agberebi

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has described his side’s ouster from this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia as painful while admitting that the team was built to help captain Lionel Messi create moments of magic which eventually didn’t work out.

After scrapping through into the round of 16, Argentina eventually bowed out after narrowly losing 4-3 to France in Saturday’s thriller.

Goals from Angel Di Maria, Gabriel Marcado and Sergio Aguero were not enough as Kylian Mbappe’ s brace, and goals from Benjamin Pavard and Antoine Griezmann secured France their first ever World Cup win against Argentina in three meetings.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, the former Sevilla boss however praised his players for putting up a fight.

“This is very painful, especially because the players have made a huge effort. It was a very difficult game but we have not achieved our goal here in Russia. I’m sad, I’m frustrated – I think that’s quite normal. For me, the fact of being here and being able to be here means I won’t decide my future today.”

Sampaoli stated they did everything possible to give Lionel Messi the chance to make something happen for them.

“I think that we adapted to necessity, rather than having a clear idea. We had a clear need and we had to win, that was our main goal. That was maybe stronger than our football concept. We have the best player in the world and we had to try to create collective situations to really use that player who can have many brilliant moments.

“We tried many different tactics, surround him, create space for him, so we tried to use everything we had to allow him to do what he can do. Sometimes we managed it, sometimes we didn’t.

“[The players] fought until the end and they nearly equalised at the end and that’s what I really, really value. They worked very hard and I want to say thank you.”

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 7
  • Messi the most over-hyped player of all time. How many world cups has he flopped at now?

  • gowetok 5 months ago

    The load Argentina is putting on Messi is too much for him. They compare him to Maradona and expect to be to achieve like in the international scene
    . However, the truth we must accept is that Messi is no where near Maradona and Pele. /

  • gowetok 5 months ago

    The load Argentina is putting on Messi is too much for him. They compare him to Maradona and expect to be to achieve like in the international scene
    . However, the truth we must accept is that Messi is no where near Maradona and Pele.He is just slightly above average 

  • I suppose Messi is the one who even decides who plays and who does not. This Argentine coach sounds very stupid to me with this nonsense he is saying. And who told him Messi is the best in the world? He was the best but as at now, he is definitely not.

  • Messi is NOT the best player in the world. Messi is an empty brat who could not step up and perform at the critical stage. His statements after his team was assisted to overcome Nigeria was disgusting: “Nigeria made us to suffer.” Did he think it was a birthright for Argentina to defeat Nigeria? And when he was mentioning players who would make a mark in Russia, he overlooked our Victor Moses, Mikel Obi or Ndidi who made more successful tackles than him. Messi is living in past glories. Is he going to win the WC at 40?

  • Omo9ja 5 months ago

    I don’t like comparison but Messi is way way better than Maradona. Reason, football is more advanced than Pele and Maradona’s era.

    However, it is now clear that what Coach Rohr couldn’t do or achieved against Argentina, France coach thought
    him a big leason in today’s match between Argentina vs France.

    Argentina’s coach repeated what he did against Nigeria by introducing some players few minutes before the end of the match but France coach responded well by making some few changes while our own coach couldn’t do anything.

    I’m so sure that if to say we were the one playing against France today, it could be in our favour but the damage already done. Its better that we start from the scratch rather than putting our faiths in coach Rohr tactics. At least, we almost getting our full squad ready, the new coach would get the job done. Iyanumasele by God’s grace.

    The future is bright, the future is bright, the future is bright since 2002 world cup, when is the future of our football is going to be brightest??? However, the future we are have been hearing since 2002 world cup is now here. It is now or never. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Sonmaz 5 months ago

    We fluffed our best chance of beating Argentina at any FFFA world cup. That was their rookie goalkeeper’s first cap, Messi is downhill and their defence is mediocre.
    How could we not beat that team or at least draw?