On Saturday, June 30, 2018- Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli, promised an ‘aggressive’ brand of football against France on the eve of their Round of 16 clashes at the Kazan Arena here. Sampaoli said, in a press conference, “Argentina will play an aggressive style of football. We are going to attack them all the time”. The coach refused to divulge information about his starting line-up for Saturday’s game, saying he was yet to make his mind up about the same.
The former Sevilla manager, “The two teams are not the same. We want to be able to control the game throughout. We don’t want France to use their speed against us. If we don’t control the game, it will become very physical, which won’t suit our style”.
Talking about the star player, Sampaoli highlighted that ‘he had plans to help Lionel Messi enjoy more freedom up front’. “I’m sure France have their plans to neutralize Messi but we have our own plans to make his life easier; so we will see who can execute their plans better. France will have success to the extent that we are not accurate. They will try to get us to make mistakes. It will all be about how we handle different situations. I have a contract and I am quite happy to be here,” he curtly responded to a query.
Sampaoli replied, “I don’t think we can solve penalties just with a training session. There are so many factors involved when it comes to shootouts. We did spend some time with our goalkeepers looking at how others may shoot”.
On Saturday, June 30, 2018, he said, ‘extremely difficult to accept defeat’ against France, the Argentine tactician stressed that he was not worried about his future with the team despite growing speculation that he would be removed from his position if La Albiceleste crashes out.