Argentina football legend Hernan Crespo has expressed his doubts about Jorge Sampaoli leading the Albiceleste to glory at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Crespo’s remarks were made on the back of Argentina’s surprise 1-1 draw against debutants Iceland in their first Group D game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Despite taking the lead through Sergio Aguero, Argentina were pegged back by Iceland through Alfred Finnbogasson and the newcomers went on to hold their famous opponents to a draw.
Speaking with TyC Sports, Crespo who represented at three FIFA World Cups (1998, 2002, 2006), said: “As a coach, I like him and he makes me enthusiastic. But I didn’t agree in giving him the national team because I think he’s a coach for a long term project. These 10 games are very little in terms of what he can bring for us.”
And ahead of Argentina’s next game against Group D leaders Croatia on Thursday, the former Chelsea, Inter Milan and AC Milan striker said: “The first game is very difficult. All the favourites suffered. You know you have been working for the past four years and you play a little of it in 90 minutes.
“I’m worried about the national team because they have very little time to work. We have players to make it (out of the group) and after that to the quarters and move forward. What worries me is not knowing what the team can give. But there’s enough reason to dream. But the match (versus Iceland) was meant for Dybala.”