Sampaoli Worried Over Dwindling Form Of Argentina Stars

Sampaoli Worried Over Dwindling Form Of Argentina Stars

Argentina coach, Jorge Sampaoli, is concerned with the lack of playing time of some of his key stars at their various clubs ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Albiceleste, two-time winners of the World Cup, have been drawn in Group D along with Nigeria, Croatia and Argentina.
According to a report  in Ole.com.ar, Sampaoli is worried that the likes of first choice goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore and not playing regularly for their clubs.
The former Chile and Seville  coach has encouraged the players to seek a permanent transfer or loan in the January window to boost their fitness and chances of making the World Cup squad.
Romero is second choice to David De Gea at Manchester United and has been limited to a couple of appearances in the League Cup and was in goal for the Red Devils in Friday’s Emirates FA Cup 2-0 win against Derby County at the Old Trafford.
Experienced midfielder cum centre-back, Mascherano has been in and out of Spanish giants Barcelona team this season, while Di Maria is not longer assured of a regular starting berth at French  club Paris Saint Germain due to the arrival of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
Pastore  and Giovani Lo Celso are further behind the pecking order at PSG, while defensive midfielder Matias Kranevitter has also struggled to get game time with  Zenit  St. Petersburg of Russia.
The South Americans will face the Super Eagles in their last group game on June 20 at the Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg.

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