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Mascherano: No Crisis In Argentina Camp, Coach Sampaoli Still In Charge

Mascherano: No Crisis In Argentina Camp, Coach Sampaoli Still In Charge

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano has claimed the team’s relationship with coach Jorge Sampaoli is normal despite rumours of a player revolt at the 2018 FIFA  World Cup in Russia.

Following Argentina’s 3-0 defeat to Croatia which left them battling to avoid elimination from the World Cup at the group stage, there were reports that the coach would be sacked and the team selection for the final group game against Nigeria on Tuesday decided by the players.

Mascherano admitted that the players had raised their concerns at a meeting with Sampaoli.

‘The relationship with Sampaoli is totally normal, but if we feel uncomfortable, we will raise it, otherwise we would be hypocrites,” the Hebei Fortune midfielder stated during a press conference on Sunday

‘The opposite would be to harm the team, we must seek the collective benefit, we are 23, also those of the squad.

‘We are not playing well and we take charge of the results. We will not be responding to things the others do.’

Mascherano also  revealed that at the meeting with Sampaoli the coach had sought the views of his players.

“At the meeting, we talked about football to help us and get this out of the game, we have to make positive things, there’s a lot of myth in the meetings, the best technicians ask the players for advice too, because we are the ones who decide in the field,’ added the former Barcelona player.

“The coach is the one who gives us the tools alone to be comfortable in the field but you have to talk, it happens in all places, also in Barca.

“He wants to know what happens to you on the field to be able to make decisions, they are basic soccer concepts.”

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  • Moraks 3 years ago

    The truth will be unveiled after your lost against Nigeria on Tuesday

  • matsho 3 years ago

    MasSKerano or what is your name?The mask covering your eyes will be removed after the match on Tuesday and u will say the truth.

  • PRINCE 3 years ago

    Nigeria vs Argentina

    Super eagles should play a certain 3-5-2/3-4-3 formation 

    The players (ACTORS)
    Balogun – Ekong – Omeruo
    Ebuehi – Mikel – Etobo – Ndidi – Moses 
    Kelechi – Iwobi 

    Subs (attack options) if we need goals as the game progresses (3-4-3)/(3-3-4) formation 
    – Musa for Moses 
    – Simy for Kelechi
    – Ogu for Mikel

    Subs (defence options) if we are up by a goal as the game progresses (4-5-1)/(3-5-1-1) formation 
    – Musa for Ighalo
    – Ogu for Kelechi
    – Joel / Onazi for Moses

    – Our Players MUST be wary NOT to fall for various antics from factors which I don’t want to mention in order not to provoke the football powers.
    – We have played our last two matches and have penalties awarded against us. So I believe our players must be calculative, exhibits sheer committed, focus and work as a team when defending and attacking. There should never be a single seconds of lack in concentration!!!
    We must not pack the bus. Just play the normal free flowing game (starved them of the ball and be ready to take risks and half a chance when an oppourtity presents itself).

    Coach Gohr MUST make timely substitutions and players MUST be properly gingered up before the match 
    The Eagles MUST play from the blast of the whistle !!!!!

    We all know say FIFA no go like make Messi just waka like that so them go play politics small, but with God, we will come out tops.   

    All Super Eagles need is don’t panic…CONCENTRATION, FOCUS, DETERMINATION, SHEER TEAM-PLAY will play a key role to getting a good result.

    God no dey sleep !!!
    Soar Super Eagles !!!!!!!!!

    – Prince