The gaucho trainer is analyzing and strengthening his approach for the World Cup
Leer en español: Sampaoli mueve sus fichas con Argentina
Argentine technical director Jorge Sampaoli is organizing his team and strategies for the 2018 Russian World Championship, which is just a few months away. The challenge of the 'Albiceleste' is to get the World Cup title. Argentina is in Group D and it will face Croatia, Iceland, and Nigeria.
Although Sampoli has had some problems, the technician maintains the illusion of achieving a world title with Argentina. For this reason, the coach continues to work tirelessly to accomplish his goals.
1. Back to the National Team: For the friendly games that the gaucho combined will play against Italy and Spain on March 23 and 27, respectively, the returns of Gonzalo Higuain Ramiro Funes Mori, and Marcos Rojo stand out considering they recovered from their injuries.
Due to the great goalscorer level he has been demonstrating with Juventus of Turin, the attacker, Gonzalo Higuain will have the opportunity to show his good level with the national team. 'El Hombrecito' has again given him the confidence to score goals with the Argentinean selection.
2. High-level players: In the call for preparation commitments were included the strikers Lautaro Martinez, who plays with the Racing Club de Avellaneda, and the winger Cristian Pavón, who plays with Boca Juniors. These two players are going through a great sporting moment.
"Lautaro Martinez is a player that we have been following for a long time. His current situation allows us to analyze its possible call to the World Cup", Sampaoli said when referring to this young striker, whom he compared with former goalscorer Gabriel Omar Batistuta.
3. Partnerships with Messi: The coach said that they must take advantage of Lionel Messi's talent. For that reason, Sampoli intends that each of the players -who are summoned to the eleventh official players- to be associated and congenie perfectly with the Barcelona’s crack. The aforementioned in order to generate fear in the offensive zone.
The coach of the 'Albiceleste' stressed that it is very important to make important connections with Lionel Messi in attack. Likewise, he emphasized that each one of the goal options presented in the matches must be used, being effective, practical, and convincing. This will be possible thanks to his game system, where there are two very fast attackers on the sides and a center-forward goalscorer.
4. Mental strengthen and soccer aspects: Jorge Sampaoli is convinced that the team will make a great World Cup and will be the protagonist. For this reason, the technician has affirmed that it is necessary to build a stage that will fill the Argentines with enthusiasm from the search for great triumphs.
This coach is very close to the players and believes that it is necessary to enhance each of their skills within the play field. The trainer has the conviction that each of the players chosen for the World Cup must perform to the maximum, always showing good football.
5. Adjust some details: The gaucho counselor said that for these commitments against Italy and Spain were not called Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi because they have not had good pace. Both players are part of a list of reserves that will be evaluated along with other players.
In the same way, the strategist assured that 80% of the team is defined and that it is necessary to adjust and see certain details in relation to the upcoming world championship. Sampoli considers that it is necessary to establish some connections in the team and observe the way in which they adapt to the game systems both defensively and offensively.
Finally, these are the five elements that Jorge Sampaoli will put into practice in the friendly games that Argentina will play against Italy and Spain. The objective is focused on getting the title after various frustrations.
Latin American Post | Daniel Cuevas
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