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Argentina Coach Sampaoli Accepts Responsibility For 6-1 Mauling By Spain

Argentina Coach Sampaoli Accepts Responsibility For 6-1 Mauling By Spain

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli says he accepts responsibility for the side’s 6-1 hammering at the hands of Spain in Tuesday’s friendly encounter at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium.

Spain ran riot in the game courtesy of Isco’s hat-trick with Diego Costa, Thiago and Iago Aspas also getting on the scoresheet.

“I take the blame for the goals, don’t point to the players,” he accepted in front of the media after the game.

“The difference [between the sides] in the game wasn’t as large as the result.

“We have to learn from this. It cannot happen in the World Cup.”

Lionel Messi’s absence was keenly felt by the visitors and the Argentina boss paid tribute to the striker’s commitment in spite of his absence.

“Messi trained with us, but then he felt tired and couldn’t play,” added Sampaoli.

“He was with the group all the time because he is very involved for the World Cup.

“He has kept close proximity to the national team, helping the new guys out.”

The defeat equaled Argentina’s heaviest loss in an international game.

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  • Abdulrazak 3 years ago

    Argentina has played four preparatory matches so far. They have scored six goals and shipped in ten. Nigeria has played three preparatory matches, scored five goals and conceded one. Yet, there’s still moaning and whinning about our midfield, defence, goalkeeper, blah, blah, etc.

    • tosin 3 years ago

      It’s not about losing or winning it’s about playing well.we have not been playing well lately.

  • Isaac 3 years ago

    Just as d coach has said that d team is work in progress,i think serbian game has helped the technical crew of d super eagles.we shud be worried abt our goal keeping and i want us to stick with Ezenwa and stop experimentin with Uzoho.let give Ezenwa d confidence and he won’t disappoint cos nobody expect him to performan in qualifier.I believe enyeama started like this ,bringin Ejide this dying minute will serve a lesson in disguise.

  • Abdulrazak 3 years ago

    @tosin, does your definition of lately include our match vs Argentina in November? Also, what does it mean to play well in your own opinion?

  • Nigeria recently lost 2-0 to Serbia after their Unbeaten streak after that South Africa match and all i see and hear from Football illiterates are Nigeria can’t make it out of their group @the World Cup!!! Just imagine. So tell me what will Argentina fans say after their match against Nigeria and there latest bashing by Spain??? They won’t even win a match???? Friendly matches serves as a learning ground where you discover your mistakes and work on it in the next game and move on. So if you only watch football because you want your team to win everytime, you better start watching RUGBY. #IStandWithSuperEagles

  • PapaFem 3 years ago

    I have no problem with Nigeria losing ti Serbia. It’s Normal teams lose matches in friendlies. My only fear is correcting the lapses noticed in the matches. With due respect to Genot Rohr, he seems to have failed in correcting some long standing problems of the team. Eagles seems to always play long balls into the opponents box even when it seems they are taller. This happened in the two friendlies where our attack was rendered impotent by the tall opposing teams’defenses. The coach also doesn’t know how to deal with the absence of Mikel Obi . Anytime the captain is unavailable, our pattern of play seems terribly disjointed so much so that you won’t believe you are watching professional footballers who ply their trade in top European leagues. Same goes for Balogun. I don’t think we have much hope at the WC if any of these two players get injured before or during the competition. It’s high time we got rid of some players in that team or look for able replacement. To me, Ighalo relies too much on big body rather than his intelligence on the ball. He likes shielding opposing defenders with his back to goal. In the process, he often misses his footing and gets robbed by a well organized defence. in short, we lack quality options in that attack. We are blessed with some pacy, very skillful wingers. But where is our top 9? A team that doesn’t score goals won’t win matches. How GR wants to do it with the quality in that department is still a mystery to me. While I commend him for bringing sanity into the team, the team is still lacking structurally and this could be a problem as we head to Russia. Sill keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Garuba Uloko 3 years ago

    Mr Coach You Have Less Than Three Months To The World cup.This Is Not Time For Looking For Knew Players Because Your Players Shoul Be Playing And Blending Together By Now.To Tell You The Truth Some Of Those Small Boys That Played Against Serbia Have No Business Playing In That Match Because They Have No Knowledge About Football Mean About Six Of Them.World Cup Is Not For Children And Beginners.Go And Look For Few Experience Players Not Only From Europe.Ask your Captain About Dike In US.Mba In Turkey.Dont Mix Your First Eleven With Second Eleven.Tahanks.