Argentina’s heavy defeat to Croatia was both a shock to the system, but also a very predictable result for the Albiceleste
1 – Another Sampaoli switch & another disaster
Jorge Sampaoli has not repeated a starting eleven in his year in charge of Argentina and after the poor performance against Iceland, La Albiceleste reverted from a 4-2-3-1 to a 3-4-3 for the clash with Croatia.
This is a system on paper that Sampaoli is more comfortable with but there was a reason why the Argentina coach abandoned it only a few games into his tenure.
Croatia exploited the gaps either side of the back three and the odd midfield pairing of Javier Mascherano and Enzo Pérez failed to provide the much needed passes to break Croatian lines.
A year in, a World Cup horror show and Sampaoli is no closer to a recognisable system or starting eleven.