Former Spanish club Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli has taken over the duty of coaching Argentina football team and he wants to take out the best of Lionel Messi because Messi is the guy who can rescue Argentina from the trouble and restore the confidence of supporters.
The Argentine said that, being the head coach of the national team was a long cherished dream for him. This is the position for a coach which he always admired and wanted to be in that position. Being the coach of Argentina encourages him a lot and it was a passion for him since many days, said the 57 years old.
Sampaoli came dressing in Argentina’s color to the press conference and said that his one and only mission is to make a team which has respect for the history of Argentina’s football and who will bring the fans back and boost their confidence.
Whatever, Jorge Sampaoli is the third coach after Gerardo Martino and Edgardo Bauza during the current edition of the on going FIFA World CUp 2018 qualifier of South American zone. Sampaoli has been appointed as the head coach of Argentina in an anxious moment for the team as Argentina is now at the 5th place of the South American zone, where top four teams of the points table will play at the World Cup directly.
Sampaoli will have his first game after quiting the job of Sevilla at June 9 against their biggest rival Brazil in a friendly match, which will be a very important match for Argentina. That game will be held at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.
Argentina has a great depth in their squad with the likes of Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Javier Mascherano etc. They are the key players of the Argentina national team.
But despite having these great team for years, Argentina have lost three consecutive finals since 2014. At first the final of 2014 FIFA World CUp, then the 2015 Copa America final and lastly the 2016 Copa America final, where all the stars of Argentina team were present. But, Sampaoli is confident about his team and don’t want to think about the past occurrences. He knows the biggest challenge, which will be to extract good performance from Lionel Messi for his national side.
Sampaoli said that, Messi and he have discussed a few things between them. He said that, he wants the most dangerous version of Messi on the field and pleasant most version of Messi off the field, which will make the whole nation happy.
Argentina will play against Uruguay at 31 August in the next world cup qualifying round match. After that they will only have three more matches to secure their spot in the Russia World Cup.
Sampaoli said that, he is very much aware of the difficulties and the fact is Argentina is not yet qualified for the world cup. But Jorge Sampaoli is sure that Argentina has the ability to qualify for world cup.
Jorge Sampaoli was the head coach of Chile national team which won the Copa America 2015 after beating Argentina by penalties in the final.