Maradona warns Sampaoli not to return home if Argentina fail to beat Nigeria
– Diego Maradona has cautioned coach Jorge Sampaoli, to stay away from Argentina, if his team fails to beat Nigeria’s Super Eagles
– The former Argentina manager also found time to fault Sampaoli’s tactical deficiency in the Iceland game
– The Albeceleste clash with the Super Eagles’ for the umpteenth time in their last Group D game on June 26 in Saint Petersburg
Argentina’s legend Diego Maradona has cautioned Albeceleste manager, Jorge Sampaoli to stay away from the South American nation, if his team fails to beat Nigeria’s Super Eagles as well as progress to the Round of 16 from Group D.
Maradona, who featured against the Super Eagles during Nigeria’s debut appearance at the 1994 Fifa World Cup in USA, told Argentine Television, Telesur’s ‘De la mano del Diez’ show that he was unsatisfied with the manner the Albeceleste executed the opening Group D fixture against Iceland at the ongoing Fifa Worurinho prepares £60m offer for Chelsea star Willian
“If he carries on like this, Sampaoli can’t come back to Argentina.
“There is serious trouble ahead because Nigeria have experience, they know how to counter-attack and they know how to score,” admitted the Albeceleste legend, who watched helplessly as Lionel Messi and colleagues could not convert numerous chances created to share points with European side last Saturday.
The former Argentina captain and manager also found time to fault Sampoli’s tactical deficiency in the Iceland game.
“His (Sampaoli) game-plan was a disgrace. Even though the Iceland players average 1.90m in height, we played all our corners into the air. We had no short game,” Maradona noted.
However, Maradona will not pick on Barcelona’s talisman after slamming Sampaoli.
“I don’t blame the players. I could blame the lack of work rate. But I can’t blame the players, much less Messi, who gave it all he had,” he said.
“I missed five penalties on the spin and I was still Diego Armando Maradona. I don’t think that they dropped two points because Messi missed a penalty,” submitted Maradona, who guided the Albeceleste to the quarter-finals of 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.
Interestingly, last November the South American giants after cruising to a 2-0 lead, later suffered a 4-2 loss to Nigeria in a friendly game in Russia.