Jorge SAMPAOLI’s final leg European tour starts this Friday


Argentine sports journalist Hernan Clause has reported on Ole that Jorge SAMPAOLI will board a plane for his latest European leg tour on Friday with shows taking place in 10 different cities.

The tour will kick start in Catalunya where he is expected to meet Lionel MESSI, before heading over to Seville (Ever BANEGA and Gabriel MERCADO), Liverpool (Ramiro FUNES MORI), Manchester (Sergio ROMERO, Marcos ROJO, Sergio AGUERO and Nicolas OTAMENDI), London (Manuel LANZINI, Willy CABALLERO, Erik LAMELA), Amsterdam (Nicolas TAGLIAFICO), Paris (Angel DI MARIA and Giovanni LO CELSO), Rome (Diego PEROTTI and Federico FAZIO), Turin (Paulo DYBALA and Gonzalo HIGUAIN), Milan (Mauro ICARDI and Lucas BIGLIA), and Lisbon (Marcos ACUNA and Eduardo SALVIO).

Apart from ICARDI, he is expected to name the rest of them in his preliminary squad of 35 players. Also expected to be in that list of those based in Russia (Matias KRANEVITTER, Leandro PAREDES and Emiliano RIGONI), Mexico (Patón GUZMAN) and China (Javier MASCHERANO).

The main focal point of this tour is expected to take place in Manchester, in which SAMPAOLI will assess AGUERO’s fitness level and readiness for the World Cup following the arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

SAMPAOLI will only make his final judgement upon returning to Buenos Aires. So, do mark your calendar on the date May 14th as all the answers to who is in the running for the trip to Russia will be announced. The final 23 squad will be announced on May 21st.


  1. As per the above info, list consists of 34 players including Icardi; Marchesin (GK) is not listed;
    There is room for one more player; Hopefully its for a good CB or DM; Mori & Rojo haven’t recovered fully; Mori just started getting some minutes; Rojo is not even on bench;

  2. I don’t know how much truth is in here But the defense is our weakest link right which is saying something as our midfield is a joke to say the least.
    Sampaoli has to include Garay & Battaglia/ascaiber into his squad. Garay has to be the necessity right now. We don’t have a top quality CB except Fazio (inform) right now. Otamendi has been dropped to the bench & after 3 losses they finally won with laporte starting. Never liked Otamendi in the first place, Should be a sub.

    Garay-Fazio …..should be our CB pairing with them we would be aggresive, Defensively sound & great in the air as both are brilliant headers of the ball. Both can read the game very well too unlike otamendi who relies of rush tackling all the time.

    • Sorry friend I have to tell you that you have a very poor judgement. Otemendi has been one of the best defender in the premier league this year. This guy almost plays all the games, i think he is the second most used player behind KVdB. Be a man, have balls and tell the truth.

    • Otamendi is being rested, he wasn’t dropped. Don’t let your bias outshine reason, he’s an incredible CB, easily one of PLs best this season.

      • Being one of PL’s best CB is how big an achievement is beyond me as their showing in CL shows a 7th place La liga side spanked & literally manhandeled their 2nd place (Manu) over 2 legs.
        Had it not been for how bad Murillo is as a goal scorer the score in the 1st leg should have been easilu 3 or 4-0.

        He does struggle against top teams over and over again as his positioning is severly lacking. Top defenders don’t make to many rash tackles & that is a sign of a top defender but incase of Otamendi he is always making rash challenges.

        • Exaggeration. Again, you don’t become the best defender in liga and PL by having those issues. He’s also been an absolute rock for the NT.

    • Otamendi is being rested, he wasn’t dropped. Don’t let your bias outshine reason, he’s an incredible CB, easily one of PLs best this season.

  3. Is this for real? Announcing the full list of 23 on the 21st???? How ridiculous.. The European leagues don’t wrap up until the 20th!! Please tell me this is wrong. Or… Tell me this is the 23 tentative but not submitted to FIFA yet.

  4. I am happy with this fact that sampaoli is considering both dybala and would be great if both of them go to Russia. As long as Messi is there, we have great chance to win , the rest of the players have to play for the betterment of the team instead of themselves.messi needs some player who can support him playing his own game, I doubt with higuain, biglia and masche it would be difficult to implement because all of them are becoming liability for Argentina.

  5. no rojo no mori please Both defenders are weak musacchio-garay-pezzella is better than mori&rojo
    no biglia Only passes back battaglia Has a good form and better also ascasibar
    Why rulli & walter benitez not be seen by the coach?
    It’s a mistake to pick up Aguero and Higuain
    rigoni ?????so de paul-angel correa-ocampos and cervi??????

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