[SPORTS] Maradona Fears For Argentina Against Super Eagles, Warns Sampaoli

Argentine football legend Diego Marsdona has
expressed his fears for the Albiceleste, stating
they will have serious problems against Nigeria if
they replicate the performance which saw them
draw 1-1 with debutants Iceland in their opening
Group D game at the 2018 World Cup on
Going into the game as huge favourites, Argentina
deservedly went 1-0 up thanks to a Sergio Aguero
strike in the first half.
But just few minutes later Alfred Finnbogasson
levelled up for Iceland to earn his side a shock
Last year, Argentina threw away a 2-0 lead to lose
4-2 to Nigeria in an international friendly in
But Nigeria lost 2-0 to Croatia in their Group D
opening game on Saturday.
According to The Mirror, reflecting on their 1-1
draw with Iceland, the 1986 World Cup winning
star for Argentina lamented the Lionel Messi-led
side’s performance.
“It was extraordinary to see an Argentina without
any answers, keeping their heads down, struggling
to play accurate passes or one-twos,” Maradona
“Messi was their only outlet. There is serious
trouble ahead because Nigeria have experience,
they know how to counter-attack and they know
how to score.”
Maradona went on to blast Argentina coach Jorge
Sampaoli for his poor tactics.
“If he carries on like this, Sampaoli can’t come
back to Argentina,” he said. “His gameplan was a
disgrace. Even though the Iceland players average
1.90m in height, we played all our corners into the
air. We had no short game.
“I don’t blame the players. I blame a lack of
preparation because there obviously hasn’t been
“You can bring 25 brilliant players with you, but
you have to work with them. We can see that
Iceland were better drilled than Argentina and that
is a massive shame.”
Argentina will take on Group D leaders Croatia in
their next game on Thursday before rounding off
with Nigeria.

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