Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Jorge Sampaoli Accused Of Asking Lionel Messi To Make Substitutions

Jorge Sampaoli Accused Of Asking Lionel Messi To Make Substitutions

It will come as some relief as well to Jorge Sampaoli, who was under enormous pressure, especially after rumours surfaced surrounding his relationship with Messi. Indeed, Argentinian journalist Fernando Niembro has even accused the captain of taking over squad selection duties from Sampaoli. The extremely humble nature of the Argentina skipper made him wear the token of luck and it was nothing but an incredible act of humanity and kindness.

"We will try to stop him but he's not the only one in this Argentina team, they have other strikers", a UK Daily Mail report, quoted Umtiti as saying.

Sampaoli came under huge fire after Argentina drew 1-1 with Iceland in their first match in Russian Federation and were thrashed 3-0 in their second by Croatia, all amid reports of unrest in their camp.

There are plenty of potential reasons for Messi's turnaround - the best players in the world don't stay out of form for long - but an interview after the match suggested Messi may have had luck on his side also.

"Messi is our captain and he's the best captain in the world, it was fantastic to score that goal".

"If we can't control the ball, it could become a physical match, and that won't suit us at all".

Argentina's World Cup campaign has been turbulent to say the least, but their manager insists he is not about to bow out. "We have to do everything possible to make sure it goes well for us", said France coach Didier Deschamps.

Super Eagles winger, Victor Moses says he was more than devastated after the national team failed to progress to the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has warned his players nobody will remember their blistering start to the World Cup if they lose to Denmark in the last 16 on Sunday.

"Now we can focus on preparations for the knockout stage", said Badelj.

Speaking to reporters in his pre-match news conference at Kazan Arena ahead of the last-16 meeting with France, Sampaoli said: "I have a contract and I'm happy to be here despite what sometimes surrounds this job".

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