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The Truth Behind Messi's On-Pitch Chat With Sampaoli Revealed?

The Truth Behind Lionel Messi's On-Pitch Chat With Jorge Sampaoli Revealed?

By David Kappel - Jun 28, 2018 09:00 PM @kappilinho

It was claimed that Lionel Messi told Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli to bring on Sergio Aguero in the Albiceleste's dramatic clash with Nigeria, but what was really said between the coach and his captain has now seemingly been revealed.

Read: Did Messi Decide Substitution In Argentina Game?

The Albiceleste coach was seen shouting in the direction of Messi late in the second half of the 2018 FIFA World Cup clash, and many news outlets reported that he had asked Messi whether or not he should bring on Aguero.

However, Spanish publication Sport has suggested that Sampaoli did not ask the Argentina captain what he thought of a potential Aguero substitution, but rather informed him of a tactical change – the manager had reportedly told Messi, who often appeared as a second striker next to Gonzalo Higuain in the game, to drop deeper.

As a consequence, Aguero and Higuain led the line while Messi dropped into the No. 10 role after the Manchester City forward entered the pitch in the 79th minute.

The tactic seemingly worked too. When Marcos Rojo scored Argentina's late winner, Aguero appeared on the near post while Higuain entered the box at the far post, and Messi was lurking outside the box, leaving space for the Manchester United defender to enter the gap between the two strikers.

Read: Messi Breaks Maradona Record, Writes World Cup History

Argentina will now face France in the last 16, and it remains to be seen how Sampaoli will line up his team for a tie worthy of a final.

Do you think Argentina can beat France? Have your say in the comments section below.


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RealManUchiefz Jun 29, 2018 06:07 PM
Ay for I can't predict these two as they he performed poorly France was also not convincing thought the topped their group hope France wins our long lost sons of africa
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Faysal Jun 29, 2018 03:36 PM
Media mara
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Tsikinosky Jun 29, 2018 11:33 AM
Messi respect nobody we all knw. He even fail 2 respect the Barcow boss. So let's stop protecting him at all costs
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Tsikinosky Jun 29, 2018 11:30 AM
It's the end of the road 4 ths small nation.
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nazzi the second Jun 29, 2018 10:51 AM
it's not like we believed you in the first place
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KK-kELLS Jun 29, 2018 07:43 AM
the shortest coach at the world cup... this guys can stand for the 90minutes
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SiyaVToni Jun 29, 2018 05:44 AM
France will humble them!
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Theemba M Jun 29, 2018 05:30 AM
Both teams have never been tested before,these game will separate boys from man,any team can take it
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Theemba M Jun 29, 2018 05:29 AM
Media must stop treating Messi like a spoil brat,Messi respect his coach
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MR E Jun 29, 2018 04:15 AM
Messi is going to makebe france team cry like babies
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Ruud-Krol(mugabel) Jun 28, 2018 10:35 PM
Absolutely no news here.

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