Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli came under fierce attack after his side’s 4-2 loss to Nigeria in their friendly match in Krasnodar, Russia, on Tuesday. The Super Eagles recovered from 2-0 down to beat the South Americans.
Goals from Kelechi Iheanacho, Brian Idowu and Alex Iwobi’s brace downplayed Ever Banega’s 28th-minute strike and Sergio Aguero’s 36th international goal on the night.
Sampaoli was criticised by fans of the two-time world champions after his team squandered a comfortable 2-0 lead. They qustioned his tactical abilities saying he was not good enough to lead the team to mount a challenge for the World Cup trophy in next year’s tournament.
But Sampaoli defended his team, saying they did their best to win the encounter.
He told LA NACION, “The team has the ability and individuals to overcome these incidents, but we have to improve.
“As for the positive ones, there is one game, the mastery of some situations that without being executed were very close to the idea that we propose in training.”