Apparently there are reports that the players have gathered for a meeting and have unanimously voted for Jorge SAMPAOLI to be removed as Argentina’s head coach. There is a high possibility that he won’t be involved in the match against Nigeria.
It appears Jorge BURRUCHAGA has been asked to step in as SAMPAOLI’s replacement for the match against Nigeria. El Burru as he is known, was the player that scored Argentina’s winning goal in the 1986 World Cup final against Germany.
Prior to the game against Croatia, there were rumours that the players are not happy with the coach and are set to raise concerns for his replacement and now it seems the rumours are gathering enough evidence to become a reality.
Following Argentina’s humiliating 3-0 loss to Croatia, coach Jorge SAMPAOLI spoke at a press conference stating that the loss was his fault but Sergio AGUERO stole the headlines taking a stab at SAMPAOLI.
When asked about coach Jorge SAMPAOLI’s comments about the players, Sergio AGUERO’s reply was less than friendly.
Jorge SAMPAOLI faced the press himself in a press conference. Here’s what he had to say:
“THE RESPONSIBILITY IS MINE. I’M RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOSS. I DID NOT READ THE GAME WELL. WE HAVE NOT FOUND THE BEST TEAM TO ACCOMPANY MESSI. BECAUSE OF THE REALITY OF THE ARGENTINA SQUAD, IT SORT OF CLOUDS LEO’S BRILLIANCE. LEO IS LIMITED BECAUSE THE TEAM DOESN’T GEL WITH HIM AS IDEALLY AS IT SHOULD.
“I’M VERY SORRY TO ALL THE ARGENTINA FANS WHO MADE THE EFFORT TO COME TO RUSSIA. I WAS EXCITED JUST AS MUCH AS THE FANS. I TRIED MY BEST TO FORM A TEAM.
In regards to Croatia’s first goal:
“WE WERE EMOTIONALLY BROKEN AND WE DIDN’T HAVE ANY FOOTBALL ARGUMENTS TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF EVENTS.”
When asked about Cristiano Ronaldo:
“CRISTIANO RONALDO IS A GREAT PLAYER AND HE’S PLAYING WELL WITH HIS TEAM. HE’S HAVING SOME GREAT MOMENTS. HOWEVER, YOU CAN’T COMPARE. RONALDO HAS THE TEAM TO HELP HIM. LIONEL MESSI DOESN’T. I TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS.”
Source : Mundoalbiceslete