“Honestly, I have not decided yet on the starting lineup. Argentina has many options and we have a lot of great players. The doors are open for every one of them… We rely on our abilities and we are strong in a psychological sense. We will go on the pitch with confidence and it will be a motivated team willing to win,” Sampaoli told journalists.
The media previously reported that Argentina's players had decided to sack Sampaoli as their head coach after their 3-0 loss to Croatia, which jeopardized their chances of advancing to the playoffs. However, the team later qualified from Group D with 4 points.
France, for its part, qualified for the knockout round by finishing first in Group C with 7 points, claiming victory over Australia, Peru and drawing with Denmark.
The knockout stage will begin on Saturday, with France facing Argentina in Kazan and Uruguay playing Portugal in Sochi.