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Batistuta: Sampaoli Shouldn’t Pick Names For Argentina World Cup Squad

Batistuta: Sampaoli Shouldn’t Pick Names For Argentina World Cup Squad

Argentina legend, Gabriel Batistuta, has tasked Jorge Sampaoli to pick players who are in great form and not names for La Albiceceste’s  2018 FIFA World Cup squad.  
Argentina  will face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in group D at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Batistuta who represented Argentina at three FIFA World Cups in 1994,1998 and 2002, struck 52 times in 77 appearances for La Albiceleste in an international career that spanned 11 years, also warned that Sampaoli’s squad lacks reliable defenders who can help win the World Cup.
“I’m worried that there’s no solid team in place. I just hope that the coach realises this because what we have seen is an unsettled team especially in terms of result,” Batistuta was quoted on Mundo Albiceleste.

“I think Argentine footballers are great but there’s need to work in the defence and there’s also need to prepare well for the World Cup. If they do, they can have a great tournament.
“The players that should play for Argentina are the ones in their best form and not names.”
“We are going to the World Cup that lasts for a month and three weeks. We can’t play with just names. If that’s the case Diego Maradona Mario Kempes and Ubaldo Filol will still be playing. 
“As far as Mascherano is concerned it’s left for the coach to decide but what I can tell you is that we can’t go to the World Cup with just names. We won’t do anything if we do. If names are in form, great, if not lets set up a team.”
“I think they can give more individually and collectively.”
The Fiorentina legend also slammed Juventus striker Paulo Dybala for saying it’s difficult playing alongside Lionel Messi.
“It’s very difficult to understand that anyone could say it’s difficult to play with Messi. He (Dybala)  should not have said it. It was an unfortunate comment.”
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  • Ideyen Harrison 3 years ago

    This is so brilliantly done to help the Coach, Sampapli in restrategizing. Batistuta Gabby is still being celebrated by both club and Country for his goal scoring feats.
    If Batistuta were a Nigerian, and had made such positive contributetion here, am certain, by now, they would have started pouring insults on him.
    I have observed that those who deeply divide the house are ppl without good education.
    Any suggestions they don’t understand they quickly condemn.. They don’t know what constructive criticism is about, and would attack whoever starts one.
    They don’t know about research, neither think that the internet is the best research tool ever. They play down on statistical data, Wikipedia, YouTube analysis and other serious research tools as common and useless. It is so glaring that their inability to understand the world around them is because they have poor or no education at all.. ‘Many of them no go school’.
    So, guys accept it when after writing a view or a good piece somebody will tear it apart and starts insulting and making mockery of your well researched contribution.
    Just know at that point, ‘the fellow never went to school.’
    ‘Some stark illiterate wit iPhone and a browsing connection’.
    Eagles would do well, or fail woefully would depend on the choice of players selected & tactics employed. Rohr is in charge and will be held fully accountable for team’s performance. In the meantime we will support his choice and quest for success.
    We are watching..

  • @Ideyen Harrison, thnx for highlighting the truth..
    We need constructive criticism now to help our Coach sit up. He has a good young team that holds potential to excel only if a good mix of vital experience can be brought into the goalkeeping area. Again, our frontline is not lethal. Ighalo needs competition. We cannot overflog it.
    Experience is the best teacher; nothing like it in a global tourney as the World Cup.
    Experience is what u learn from mistakes & participation. It can be very costly when overlooked.
    But, Rohr has concluded so best of luck.

  • Pablo9ja 3 years ago

    Godbles you @Ideyen Harrison, exactly my thoughts.
    I remain Eagles No 1 fan and it’s biggest international critic.
    Hate or love me, my earnest pursuit is to see the super eagles lift the FIFA WC on July 16, but this won’t be possible without the right selections.
    We have failed to go beyond round 16 in 5 previous outings, but all that can end with 1 or 2 quality addition in attack, good team spirit, experience goalkeeper, & good preparation.
    I think we are on course; our 30 player list will reveal to us the true picture.
    Can we bet on the team? Let us wait for the list..

  • my best line up 4.3.3 romero roja fazio otamandi mercado ever banega beglia di maria messi dybala icardi its big sqaud for argentena