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Sampaoli Upbeat About Argentina’s Chances Against France, Explains Aguero Substitution Vs Nigeria

Sampaoli Upbeat About Argentina’s Chances Against France, Explains Aguero Substitution Vs Nigeria

Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli says he has “complete faith” in the ability of his team to overovercome France in their round of 16 clash of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday.

The two-time world champions looked in real danger of crashing out at the group stage before a dramatic 2-1 victory over Nigeria saw them through to the last 16 as runners-up behind Croatia.

But Sampaoli is confident his players are well motivated ahead of the big clash.

“We have complete faith in our abilities. Argentina is very strong psychologically and this will allow us to face the match with complete commitment. You will see a team which will have a lot of motivation to win,” Sampaoli said in his pre-match press conference on Friday.

Following reports about restiveness in the Argentine camp, Sampaoli insists the squad is united.

“We are talking about training a good set of professionals. We need to know how to overcome the challenging moments which always emerge in these competitions,” he said.

“Regardless of what happens, we need to keep fighting. We have been demanding in our preparations and very committed with the entire squad to give their best performance.”

The former Sevilla boss moved to clarify what happened on the touchline during the Nigeria game, where video footage appeared to show the manager asking Lionel Messi whether Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero should be sent on.

“We looked at different options in an important game and had to make a decision.

“I was simply communicating this, saying that we were going to use one of the strategies we had rehearsed to use more attacking players.”

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 2
  • And what was white Messiah Coach of Super Eagle doing to win the match That was left with 4 minutes of play to move into round of sixteenth? absolutely nothing , what was Idowu still doing in the pitch since he’s not coping well anymore? Tyrone & Iwobi is in the bench, John Ogu would have bring in fresh ideas with fresh Energy in the Defense while introduction Iwobi/Simi Nwankwo would have slowed down their Attack us, this strategy is what was needed to see out the remaining minute’s but like I have said before this man Garnot Rohr is working against Nigeria by bringing in ineffective Ighalo that can’t even score in open net, the same way he dash Croatia three points with his Tactical ineptitude. We can’t afford to have a 65 years old Coach Experimenting with our player’s in a Competition at a Global stage, This same Man lead us to our first home defeat to South Africa for the next year Afcon qualifier.Mr Rohr has no future in our football and has nothing to offer us more than the damage he has already cursed us except Amaju pinnick will form his own separate NFF to employ him .

  • Meanwhile just to add that every competition has it’s tradition and I have viewed this year world cup matches in terms of our play and that of other countries and realized that winning the world cup a lot to do with mental strength & Tactical approach for instance while you will see some European & South American players falling down and making the most out of it to their Favour especially when there team is under attack from their opponents there by slowing down the tempo that is where patriotism comes into play from the technical Crew of the team because no foreign machinery Coach is going to do that for you all he Care’s about is his salary and that explains why no country has ever won the would cup with a foreign coach till date. NFF give our own Coaches the same support given to Garnot Rohr then the world is ours to conquer ,We have a team now that can do it with a maximum support. 2022 is rolling. Happy weekend Guy’s.