Argentine national team Coach Jorge Sampaoli has come out to ask the fans to forgive him following an unimpressive performance that saw his side suffer a 3-0 heavy defeat in the hands of Croatia in their second group D match.
Sampaoli who spoke after the match said: “First and foremost I beg for the fans’ forgiveness. The reality of the Argentina squad clouds Lionel Messi’s brilliance. The team doesn’t gel as well as it should.
“I have always looked for the best position on the pitch for my players. The players have a special responsibility as well, but we didn’t manage to find relationships that Argentina or Lionel Messi benefited from.
“Croatia were an excellent team, but after we conceded we lost our way and we were emotionally broken. We couldn’t change the course of events.
“I am very hurt by the defeat but I probably didn’t understand the match as I should have.” Sampaoli concluded.
Sampaoli who guided Chile to win two Copa America titles against Argentina before taking charge of Argentina has also guided Argentina’s heaviest defeat in the first-round group stage of a World Cup since losing 6-1 to Czechoslovakia in 1958.