Lionel Messi, right, talks to coach Jorge Sampaoli during a training session of Argentina at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Head Coach Sampaoli Undecided on Argentina’s Starting Lineup for France Game

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KAZAN (Sputnik) - Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli said on Friday that he has not yet decided on his team’s starting lineup for their round of 16 World Cup match against France in Kazan on Saturday.

“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.

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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.


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