Jorge Sampaoli has revealed Argentina’s tactical work on the training ground ahead of their critical World Cup showdown with Nigeria next week.
Just days after England assistant Steve Holland seemingly leaked their lineup for Sunday’s clash with Panama, the South American side almost followed suit.
But instead of revealing the XI for the must-win clash in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, Sampaoli’s notebook inadvertently shows detailed plans from their training camp.
The scribbles on the notebook show two seven-a-side teams lining up against each other in a knockabout in training, with two players, including Lionel Messi, seemingly on substitute rotation.
Argentine daily sports magazine Ole also published the pictures, which give a possible indication as to Sampaoli’s plans for the do-or-die clash with Nigeria.
Having taken just one point from their opening two games, the South American side were on the brink of elimination after a 3-0 loss to Croatia.
Nigeria’s win over Iceland on Friday has given them a lifeline, however. If they can beat the African outfit and Croatia avoid defeat by Iceland, Sampaoli’s side will make it through to the last-16.