Jorge Sampaoli insists on selecting Argentina's squad for Nigeria must win clash

Jorge Sampaoli insists on selecting Argentina's squad for Nigeria must win clash

- Argentina will be hoping to produce an impressive performance to help them beat Nigeria in their final group game

- The south American side are fourth on the table with just one point after two group matches

- However, Sampaoli has revealed that he has been treated unfairly after losing his side's last game to Croatia

- He insisted that he is still in charge of the team, hence he will be the one to select his starting line up for the crunch clash against the Super Eagles

Underfire Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli reveals that life has been unbearable for him since his heavy defeat to Croatia in their second Group D game last week.

The south American country are on the verge of crashing of this year's FIFA World Cup following their poor start to the campaign.

They face Nigeria in a make or mar encounter at the Saint Petersburg later this evening and the Copa America winning manager says he will the person to name his line up for the game.

The former Chilean boss has lost control of his dressing room - with Lionel Messi among those turning on him.

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If reports coming from the Argentinean camp is anything to come by, Sampaoli will be sacked once the tournament is over.

But Sampaoli reckons his mutinous players can leave the axe dangling over him for a little bit longer by pulling off a great escape tonight.

"Sometimes people make you feel like a criminal in the virtual world because you lost a game or changed a player.

"If I thought I would be living in the virtual world, I would have thrown in the towel as a coach.

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"When there’s a defeat, of course there are complaints and people argue with each other.

"That happens everywhere I have worked at. Sometimes we must adjust positions or formations, which is why we tweak things.

"We have been practising a few specifics, I have things in mind, but for this game I will not name my line-up as the players don’t know yet."

According to the Sun, some of the senior players told the their FA chiefs that they have lost faith in Sampaoli or the tactics that failed to get anything out of Messi for two games.

Sampaoli says he will be picking the team and hinted at a return for the old guard of Ever Banega and Gonzalo Higuain.

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"If I did stick with the experienced players, this is a very delicate moment, a very delicate position and it would be more logical for the seasoned, experienced players to play - for many people that might be true.

"Whoever is in the team, they will have the obligation to leave their last drop of sweat on the pitch to qualify.

NAIJ.com earlier reported that Argentina's hopes of reaching the next round of this year's FIFA World Cup hinges on their victory over Nigeria.

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The south American team were hammered 3-0 by Group D table toppers Croatia - with goals from Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ante Rebic on Thursday, June 21.

Meanwhile, they have resolved to file out against the Super Eagles without their star striker Sergio Aguero in their last group game on Tuesday in a bid to avoid a exiting the group stage for the first time since 2002.

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