South American media reports claim that Argentina’s players want manager Jorge Sampaoli to be dismissed before they play their final 2018 World Cup Group D match against Nigeria on Tuesday.
‘La Albiceleste’ have had a nightmare Russia 2018 so far, putting in a disappointing showing in their opening 1-1 draw with Iceland last weekend, before suffering an embarrassing 3-0 loss at the hands of Croatia on Thursday night.
The results have left the South American heavyweights on the verge of first-round elimination – a fate they have suffered just once (2002) in the past 11 editions of the World Cup.
Sampaoli admitted after the defeat in Nizhnu Novgorod that his “project has failed” and that he is unable to find a tactical system which brings the best out of stars such as Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.
Aguero, who was subbed out of the game by Sampaoli, had the following to say when asked about these comments from his manager: “Let him say what he wants.”
All is clearly not well in the Argentina camp and South American experts are reporting that the squad wants Sampaoli gone before they take on Nigeria in Saint Petersburg on June 26, with Jorge Burruchaga, who was part of the 1986 World Cup winning team, to be installed as a replacement.
“Rumors in Argentina saying now that the players have asked Jorge Sampaoli to not coach the final game against Nigeria on Tuesday and he accepted meaning that Jorge Burruchaga will be the manager. Only rumors mind you but certainly a mutiny I haven’t seen since France 2010,” Tweeted Roberto Rojas of the LowLimitFutbol podcast.
Argentine journalist Roy Nemer posted a similar Tweet: “Breaking news coming out that the Argentina players want Jorge Sampaoli out and Jorge Burruchaga to manage the final World Cup game against Nigeria.”
The Argentina v Nigeria match is set for the Krestovsky Stadium on Tuesday night, kick-off at 20h00 CAT.