Sunday, 24 June 2018

Russia 2018 World Cup: Messi & Mascherano To Pick Starting XI Vs Nigeria

There is serious misunderstanding in the Argentina camp, as Sampaoli will not be the one to handle players selection against the African country, Nigeria.

Ahead of the vital World Cup Group D cracker between Nigeria and Argentina on Tuesday, there is no hiding the fact that the Albiceleste camp is in shambles as latest revelations has portrayed it thus.

According to a report from Daily Mail UK, the South American nation has allegedly stripped Jorge Sampaoli of his managerial powers over the team and a select group of senior players tasked with choosing the team that will face Nigeria in Saint Petersburg.

The fallout from the country's 1-1 draw with Iceland and the 3-0 defeat versus Croatia in their first two World Cup games has greatly affected the national team and manager/player relationship has deteriorated to an irremediable level that superior powers has stepped in.

Former Argentine World Cup star, Ricardo Giusti who won the tournament in 1986 has claimed that he has spoken to AFA general manager, Jorge Burruchaga in respect to having the likes of Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano pick their best suited team for the game against the Super Eagles.

''The players will decide the team, that's a fact. If Sampaoli wants to sit in the bench, he can do it. If not, no problem", Giusti was quoted as saying.

Argentina would be dumped out of the World Cup in the group stage for the first time since 2002 if they fail to beat Nigeria at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday evening.

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