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Reports: Argentina Squad Hold Crunch Talks With Manager

Reports: Argentina Squad Hold Crunch Talks With Manager

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jun 25, 2018 07:29 AM @KurtLaduma

Lionel Messi and company have failed to impress at the 2018 FIFA World Cup so far, and are on the brink of elimination. The squad is said to blame Jorge Sampaoli for their form, which has led to a meeting where the players reportedly requested that the manager step down before their final group game.

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The Albiceleste put on an uninspired performance in their opening match against Iceland, picking up just one point, while their next game saw them being embarrassed by a Croatia team led by Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.

It was men against boys as the Croats thrashed Argentina 3-0 last week Thursday, but with Iceland losing 2-0 to Nigeria in their second Group D match, Messi and his teammates still have a chance of qualifying for the next round.

The players, like most of the Argentina public, are said to be unhappy with the job Sampaoli has done so far, and want to him to be sacked before their final group match against Nigeria.

According to The Sun, the team met with the manager to ask him to step down ahead of their clash with the Super Eagles, and to request that the general manager of the side, Jorge Barruchaga, takes over.

It is believed that the meeting on Friday night did not go as planned, although there have also been claims since that the Argentina squad will select their starting XI when they play Nigeria.

Ricardo Giusti, who was a teammate of Barruchaga's at the 1986 World Cup, has stated that Sampaoli has lost all power in the dressing room.

"The players want to build the team," he said, according to The Sun.

"They told Sampaoli and (Argentina FA president Claudio) Tapia that they are going to pick the side. Sampaoli can sit on the bench if he wants, but it won't matter. It will be nothing to do with him."

Despite the players' demands, Sampaoli will remain manager of the Argentina squad for the rest of the team's run in the tournament, after which he will be sacked.

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For the Albiceleste to qualify for the next round, they will need to beat Nigeria on Tuesday night, and hope that Croatia either draw or beat Iceland.

Do you think it is fair that the players requested that Sampaoli gets sacked? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Theo Philos Joined: 13 Mar 2015
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Theo Philos Jun 25, 2018 10:20 PM
The coach of Argentina reminds me of Steve Khomphela because I cant see his philosophy.
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Theo Philos Joined: 13 Mar 2015
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Theo Philos Jun 25, 2018 10:18 PM
The second game he took off Aguero for Higuain eventhough Argentina werent creating chances, If it was me I would leave both on the field
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Theo Philos Jun 25, 2018 10:16 PM
Jorge Sampaoli though, Argentina played well in their first with Di maria on left, and then the next game he was benched
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jun 25, 2018 06:48 PM
Kkkkkkkk, hebaan!? What? Is this a joke or what??
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clemz7 Jun 25, 2018 05:24 PM
They want to blame coach, there are weak those players finish
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Vuyo305 Jun 25, 2018 02:48 PM
@Pirates_999 that would be the mistake that they will hunt them for the rest of their life. Not nlong ago Argentina played a friendly with Nigeria and messi did not participate in it. Guess what they lost
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Pirates_999 Jun 25, 2018 02:14 PM
If players are to select the squad Messi must be left out if they want to stand any chance against Niger
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VIPER305 Joined: 08 Sep 2011
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VIPER305 Jun 25, 2018 01:31 PM
Nigeria do me favor please... get em out here!!!
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VIPER305 Jun 25, 2018 01:28 PM
Heeeeheeehee gate la reng? Players selecting em self? Really?
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VIPER305 Jun 25, 2018 01:27 PM
Blaming coach is immature stupid unprofessional irrational nxa
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VIPER305 Jun 25, 2018 01:25 PM
This is disgrace.... do yall even know coach? Did know messi wanted him as a coach? Now fail to score penalty its his fault?
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Bucs nation Jun 25, 2018 01:05 PM
Messi wants to manage the team now
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RealManUchiefz Jun 25, 2018 12:16 PM
Ja nhe trouble in paradise we shall c
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downzzz Jun 25, 2018 11:40 AM
Mhlola wanton na lo
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Warras4phefeni Jun 25, 2018 11:00 AM
Shame on Argentina, no showing at all
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Soni_JX Jun 25, 2018 10:58 AM
This is really ridiculous.....I just hope that these players are not cooking an excuse for tomorrow. I therefore reserve my comments until tomorrow......but I can sense it, I am about to take my cloths off tomorrow evening. So please messi and your crew.....please guys, don't punish me, its a chilling winter in SA now.......please don't make me RUN NAKED in a punishing winter night. That's just an honest plee.
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shkodran Jun 25, 2018 10:52 AM
Messi want to coach the team.
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tidimalo199 Jun 25, 2018 10:12 AM
LET US WAIT AND SEE THIS FINAL GAMES AND WILL ENGAGE WEDNESDAY.
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G-Neral Jun 25, 2018 09:53 AM
@King of them ALL Loool dont take it Personal it football chief relax and follow football ,Youre hater I can see.If messi wasnt the best no body would hate or talk about him like you.CR7 did nothing on 2014 Messi was shining but losing the final and he became the best player...Wena just pray your CR7 to continue to score to become the Best player/golden boot ,these 2 are way too good(CR7&Messi)....By the way Harry Kane is leading goal scorer...LOOOL dont take it personal chief its entertainament
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alizebucs1986 Jun 25, 2018 09:51 AM
Ya mara its true,how can u put messi in the Stands against Iceland and Croatia kikikiki? Since they say players will chose the Team lets see if Messi will play against Nigeria Tomorrow akere

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