Maradona To Sampaoli: Don’t Come Back To Argentina If You Fail

Argentine football legend Diego Armando Maradona has told head coach Jorge Sampaoli to forget about coming back if he fails the country at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The 1986 World Cup winner ripped into the former Sevilla manager in an interview on Argentine Television Telesur’s ‘De la mano del Diez’ as he expressed utmost disbelief at the way the team played in their Group D opener against Iceland.

Sergio Aguero’s goal was cancelled out by Alfred Finbongasson as World Cup first timers Iceland forced their more illustrious opponents to a 1-1 draw.

“If he carries on like this, Sampaoli can’t come back to Argentina.” Maradona said.

“There is serious trouble ahead because Nigeria have experience, they know how to counter-attack and they know how to score.” He added.

On Sampaoli and his game plan, the former Argentine head coach said: “His (Sampaoli) game-plan 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.”

Diego Maradona and other Argentina fans would be hoping the team can get back to winning ways when they face Group D leaders Croatia on Thursday in their second group game.