Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli is reportedly planning changes for his team’s crucial match against Nigeria in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
Sampaoli, who has come under immense pressure as the two-time world champions risk an early exit from the Russia 2018 World Cup following their 1-1 draw against Iceland and a 3-0 defeat by Croatia, has been putting his players through their paces experimenting on a 4-3-3 formation without much reliance on Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Argentine daily sports magazine Ole published a picture revealing Sampaoli’s starting X1 against Nigeria at their training base in Bronnitsy on Saturday.
In the picture, the scribbles on the notebook showed two seven-a-side teams facing each other, excluding Messi.
According to reports in the Argentine media, other players likely to be dropped for the clash by the 58-year-old are Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, Roma midfielder Lucas Biglia, and Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Acuna.