Jorge SAMPAOLI held a press conference where he discussed a number of topics.
Lionel MESSI, Paulo DYBALA, Gonzalo HIGUAIN, Sergio AGUERO and even more names. That is some attack which Jorge SAMPAOLI has at his disposal. Throw in some young, fresh, hungry players and it makes for a dangerously strong team. Speaking a press conference, the new Argentina coach commented on a few different topics. Here’s what he had to say:
On the team and style of play:
“We still haven’t decided on the team. Putting the rivalry aside, the important thing is the development of our idea, not being afraid. The midfield is the determining factor in the idea behind our game. The generational replacements (in the team) will be done with time. It’ll be gradual and consistent with that the National Team needs. We have to find something in Argentina that is similar with Barcelona’s style of play for MESSI to perform better.
Jorge SAMPAOLI on the strikers:
“MESSI and DYBALA are very important for Argentina. We’re looking for a way to get Mauro ICARDI some playing minutes. MESSI has exceeded my expectations. He’s very simple and humble, he’s a positive leader. It’ll be looked at in the future, there’s a lot of competition in that position.”
“It’s very difficult to separate being a fan and being a coach.”
In addition to what Julian reported yesterday, SAMPAOLI also announced that both Lionel MESSI and Nicolas OTAMENDI will not play against Singapore as they will be leaving after the match against Brazil. The reason being that they are both getting married later this month. There were also hints that we will get a better idea of the starting XI after Thursday’s training session. The team plays Brazil on Friday, June 9 in Australia before playing Singapore on Tuesday, June 13 in Singapore where they will be without MESSI and OTAMENDI.