No unrest in Argentina camp! - Sampaoli

Argentinian TV presenters held a minute's silence after Argentina's 3-0 World Cup loss to Croatia

SCREENSHOT Argentinian TV presenters held a minute's silence after Argentina's 3-0 World Cup loss to Croatia

Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli will reportedly drop Sergio Aguero from the starting lineup for Tuesday's must-win clash with Nigeria for his part in a failed mutiny against him.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has made it clear he does not want to retire from global duty until he lifts the World Cup trophy with his national side, Argentina.

A 3-0 loss to Croatia last week left Argentina in danger of missing out on the last 16 and sparked days of soul-searching in Argentine football, with Sampaoli coming under criticism for his tactical approach.

"The way the match was structured against Croatia didn't suit Messi", the coach said.

"[But] I can't ignore the fact there are 46 games in this competition and the potential that 18-20 weeks where you play two games per week if we've made progress in the cup competitions".

According to the Daily Mail, the striker - who has had an underwhelming start to his World Cup campaign - will be sacrificed as Argentina switch to a 4-3-3 formation on their players' request.

The 1986 World Cup victor described himself as "furious and upset" and lashed out at the Argentina Football Association President Claudio Tapia as the "guilty party" after Thursday's result.


The Argentine federation was even moved to confirm that coach Jorge Sampaoli would continue for the final group game amid rumours of a rift between players and coach.

'We are not playing well and we take charge of the results.

"Like it our not, we are the runners-up from the World Cup and we have to show it".

The South Americans are on the verge of a group-stage exit in Russian Federation after a shock 1-1 draw with Iceland and a thumping 3-0 defeat to Croatia.

Denmark will advance with a draw but a defeat, paired with an Australia win against Peru, could send them packing. "It's what he wants the most", said Celia Cuccittini. "He didn't get a lot of balls from centre from midfield".

"All teams try to look ahead and would like to be in the situation before matchday three that we are in".

"We are not going to give them a helping hand". If form plays any role, expect the African team to make it really hard for Argentina as they showed in their glittering win against Iceland.

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