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Argentina’s 1978 World Cup winning coach gave his verdict on Jorge Sampaoli’s selection

Argentina’s 1978 Wolrd Cup-winning coach Cesar Luis Menotti gave his verdict on Jorge Sampaoli’s selection for FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. Menotti said that Sampaoli has the best Bandoneon player and are favourite to win the title. According to him, Lionel Messi’s presence is fearsome for Argentina’s opponent in the World Cup, but the only thing bothers El Flaco is Sampaoli’s uncertain playing XI.

Luis Menotti told Fox Sports as Ole reports, “When you were told you were playing against Pele’s Santos, Cruyff’s Ajax or Maradona’s Argentina, you were afraid, Messi is that in this case, it’s the only selection in which the analysis is based on what was done by this.”

“They don’t know where to start, they say about the finals, but they forget about the other games. They got recognition and fear when facing it, we hope to fine-tune as an orchestra. We have the best bandoneon player, we have good players, there are many of seven or eight points and one that can not be qualified. We are candidates as always and we’ll be competitive.”

Menotti has no complaint about Javier Mascherano selection as well. He said, “He has been an exceptional footballer in the last World Cup, and now I do know why he is being discussed because he plays in China and I trust him in these games.”

El Flaco also adds on Argentina playing XI in the World Cup. He said, “The best is the one that the coach chooses, the one that puts and banque. The uncertainty generates doubt.”

“He would pray for Sampaoli to have 11 starters. Another one you can do it in the previous one. There is not much left today and it is the only suggestion that I would dare to do. You trust, then you have to decide how to defend, how to recover, where to start the play and how to finish it. Sampaoli must be sure of Who the eleven are so that the players are calmer, and  it’s easier to try.”

Argentina 23-man squad for the World Cup:

Goalkeepers: Nahuel Guzman, Franco Armani, and Wilfredo Caballero

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Tagliafico, Federico Fazio, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Nicolas Otamendi, and Marcos Rojo

Midfielders: Lucas Biglia, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Giovani Lo Celso, Angel Di Maria, and Eduardo Salvio

Forwards: Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, and Cristian Pavon


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