Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli accepted full responsibility for Thursday’s 3-0 World Cup defeat by Croatia, which leaves them on the point of elimination from the World Cup. He begs forgiveness from the backers that turned on him.
Sampaoli said that his players are “emotionally broken” after they admitted Willy Caballero’s dreadful error, refusing to blame the Chelsea goalkeeper for a 3-0 defeat. The acceptance sent Croatia into the knockout stage.
Asked what he would say about displeasure that the Argentina supporters voiced towards the result of the game, Sampaoli said: “I would beg for their forgiveness, especially those Argentina supporters who made such a great effort to be here. And I repeat what I said, I’m responsible. I was just as dreamy-eyed as any fan before. So I’m hurt. I did the best job I could and I quite simply did not find a way to give them what they wanted.”
The two-time world champions have to beat Nigeria in their final group game on Tuesday to have any chance of reaching the last 16.
Argentina just qualified for the tournament in Russia, as Messi saved La Albiceleste with his hat trick vs. Ecuador on the final day of qualifying.
The Barcelona, Catalonia, has been so far a borderline repetitive far in Russia, although his old competitor Cristiano Ronaldo took the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 by storm by scoring four goals in two games for Portugal.
Sampaoli said, “Right now we shouldn’t compare these two players. The reality of the Argentina squad clouds Leo’s brilliance. He is limited because the team doesn’t gel with him as it should. We as coaches need to realise these things and try to deal with them and I’m the one that needs to accept it.”