Argentina coach, Sampaoli reacts to team’s 6-1 loss to Spain, Messi’s absence

Argentina coach, Sampaoli reacts to team’s 6-1 loss to Spain, Messi’s absence



Argentina coach, Jorge Sampaoli has reacted to the 6-1 hammering suffered by his side at the hands of Spain in Tuesday’s friendly match at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium.

Isco scored a hat-trick with Diego Costa, Thiago and Iago Aspas also getting on the scoresheet in the international friendly.

Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi was absent in the game, and it was keenly felt by the visitors as the Argentina boss paid tribute to the striker’s commitment in spite of his absence.

“I take the blame for the goals, don’t point to the players,” he accepted in front of the media after the game.

He told reporters, “The difference [between the sides] in the game wasn’t as large as the result. “We have to learn from this. It cannot happen in the World Cup.

“Messi trained with us, but then he felt tired and couldn’t play.

“He was with the group all the time because he is very involved for the World Cup.

“He has kept close proximity to the national team, helping the new guys out.”

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