Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli has sadly revealed that he couldn’t be able to analyse his side’s defeat against Croatia.
La Albiceleste, who have been tipped to be favourite winners of the 2018 World Cup, have suffered a 3-0 defeat on Thursday night in their second game of Group D.
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However, the defeat left coach Sampaoli speechless and is still searching for answers.
“I have a lot of pain because of the defeat. I don’t know how to analyse the match properly,” Sampaoli told reporters.
“My plan for this game didn’t work, we have to wait for a small chance [to qualify] and then fight for it, we have no choice.”
“My feeling is not one of shame but of pain for not having lived up to the Argentine people.”
“The responsibility is mine, it is not for me to attribute the responsibility to Caballero.”
“The responsibility is all mine, you cannot look for explanations based on the players on the pitch. It is the manager’s responsibility.”
“I had thought that today’s game would come through giving pressure to our opponents down the middle of the pitch because Croatia has a lot of talent there.”
“The misfortune of the first goal left us very hurt and the game stayed that way emotionally, and we had no arguments to change it in our favour.”
“Another individual strongly criticised for his lack of contribution was Lionel Messi and Sampaoli offered his reasoning behind the striker’s poor showing.”
“The plan didn’t work and if it doesn’t work, it is difficult for the players who were in that plan to make it work.”
Argentina, who have only one point, will have to beat Nigeria with many goals on their last game of the group and wait for results between Iceland and Croatia.