SAMPAOLI: “Leo is looking forward to playing at another World Cup”

Jorge Sampaoli Argentina

Argentina National Team coach Jorge SAMPAOLI held a press conference in front of the media where he discussed a number of things.

Days before the big match against Uruguay, SAMPAOLI commented on why he called-up Mauro ICARDI and not Gonzalo HIGUAIN, Lionel MESSI playing with Paulo DYBALA, preparation and much more. There’s also the latest line-up from training. Here’s what he had to say:

Jorge SAMPAOLI on Argentina vs. Uruguay

“The team is not yet confirmed but we have different alternatives to play this very important match. This match against Uruguay, we’ve been working on it for some time.

“The idea to talk with every single player has to do with achieving a union before such an important match. What matters is putting together a number of players that will strengthen the team and join the Argentina attack. The idea is to have the possibility of an Argentina team who imposes itself through a defined attacking characteristic.

“Luis SUAREZ is a very valuable striker. If he plays, he can alter the system. He’s something extra Uruguay have because he’s their best footballer. Playing STUANI is not the same.”

On calling-up Mauro ICARDI over Gonzalo HIGUAIN

“It’s to do with the analysis of what happened with the national team last time. We need a striker who, as well as goals, has the characteristics of an assist-maker. That’s we why called him up.

“We’re facing a reality in which we are left outside of Russia and, with little time left, we have to take advantage of every virtue in this squad.

“When we talked with Gonzalo, we told him why we didn’t call him up. We told him that we’re hopeful of there being an argument that he can be with us again.”

On playing Lionel MESSI and Paulo DYBALA

“It’s very important to know if MESSI and DYBALA complement each other because it would be a disadvantage for the team if they isolate themselves. Leo is looking forward to playing at another World Cup. Coaching the best in the world is very important for me, to see him train, to see him move.”

On Lucas BIGLIA

“BIGLIA arrived in a good shape. He didn’t have enough minutes with his club but I’ve been following his preparations day by day. fortunately we can count on Lucas. He has a big desire to be with us, having him in good condition is an advantage for us.”

There was also the latest line-up from training which had Leandro PAREDES in midfield. Here it is:
ROMERO; MERCADO, MASCHERANO, OTAMENDI; RIGONI, BIGLIA, PAREDES, DI MARIA; ICARDI, MESSI, DYBALA

In contrast, here was yesterday’s line-up from training:
ROMERO; MERCADO, FAZIO/MASCHERANO, OTAMENDI; DI MARIA, BIGLIA, PIZARRO, ACOSTA; DYBALA, MESSI; ICARDI

Here are clips from the training sessions:

13 Comments

  1. Gonzalo

    Sevilla want to have one more Argentines. That’s youngster Marcos Senesi of San Lorenzo. But 4 mln it’s not enough for SL.

  2. Richard

    Now Tas has decided to uphold the Bolivia penalty, we remain in 5th place. This means that the Uruguay game is now a must win game. I am very much looking forward to the game.

  3. mamoun elpipita

    I like this new line up, even I would sub Masch for Garay, Rigoni for Acuna, Maria for Piatti and Augusto/pizzaro for Biglia.

    1. Gonzalo

      Both line ups looks interesting

  4. chalz

    Did he mean Messi will play the 2022 World Cup too… hope so.. why not?

    1. miskan

      Wawww…LION..

  5. Manuel

    the line up Looks good…i think it it is our best choice….also implicates that salvio is a regular as rigoni came as Sub for him due to injury….come on lets get the 6 Points!

  6. david carvajal

    I like the first line up with paredes… unfortunately, i am not too familiar with rigoni or acuna. Are they similiar players? I will see rigoni more now that he plays with zenit. I havent been able to see sporting with acuna and battaglia.

    1. vimaldass

      They play different sides David. Rigoni plays on the right wing while Acuna plays on the left wing.

  7. Debasish Duttaroy

    Chile gets to retain the points. Appeal denied. Argentina remains at fifth position

    1. david carvajal

      Thats okay i have a good feeling about these next 2 games. I see a minimum of 4 points.

    2. Dfox1942

      WHAT APPEAL!! it was said that Chile will lose their two points prior to the start of the qualifier! Their appeal was made 24 hours after the game was played…..plain and simple…where does it say that they are keeping the points??

      1. Debasish Duttaroy

        I was watching BeIN sports last night. Ray Hudson mentioned it in the show. They explained the situation also.

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