After England leak, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli's plan against Nigeria revealed

Virginia Santiago
June 26, 2018

At the time, it appeared to have come to nothing.

Every struggling team needs a scapegoat, and Argentina has found one in manager Jorge Sampaoli.

Twenty-four hours later, though, a full-on coup d'etat is reportedly underway.

Javier Mascherano insists fellow Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi is "fine" despite an underwhelming World Cup campaign so far, but did admit he remains frustrated.

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"You have seen the coach and the team training", Tapia told reporters.

The Albiceleste squad members demanded the Argentina's 1986 World Cup winning star Jorge Barruchaga, should take over from Sampaoli from his former role general manager of the national team.

Other reports, however, suggested that Tapia, the coaching staff and players all met on Saturday and made a decision to band together, move forward, and focus on Tuesday's pivotal game against Nigeria.

They are now last in Group D with one point and a negative-three goal differential.

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Lionel Messi walking off the pitch after Argentina's loss to Croatia on Saturday. The result was disastrous. Presumably though, Sampaoli will be sacked if Argentina do not make it out the group, a fate they are desperate to avoid.

Argentina almost missed the World Cup altogether, needing a Messi hat-trick in the final qualifying match just to punch a ticket to Russian Federation.

Reports suggest Argentina's players are taking player power to a new level at the 2018 World Cup following two sub par performances.

"We know the situation is tricky", Mascherano said.

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A victory in St. Petersburg is necessary for Argentina to have a chance to go through to the knockout rounds after they drew 1-1 with Iceland in their opener and then lost 3-0 to Croatia on Thursday.

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