Keep Messi happy, check in on the walking wounded and maybe allow a defensive rock back from exile, Jorge Sampaoli has a busy time in Europe
Humiliation against Spain still in the back of the mind, Jorge Sampaoli has returned to Europe to speak to those players likely to go to Russia in only a couple of months. But ahead of such a big decision there are still plenty of question marks for the Argentina manager.
Keep Messi happy
Sampaoli’s first port of call was a meeting with captain Lionel Messi and so it didn’t take long for the mischievous media to suggest that the Barcelona star was giving instructions to Sampaoli regarding who is in and who is out for the World Cup.
Sampaoli met with Messi today in Barcelona. They talked about the World Cup and if he still had any discomfort in his leg. In the meeting, they didn’t take about who is going to the World Cup, but how they will approach it. [md] pic.twitter.com/CCPrygCPnC
— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) April 23, 2018