Diego Simeone has questioned the management of Argentina in a leaked audio message.
Argentina’s World Cup hopes are hanging by a thread after losing 3-0 to Croatia in their second game, leaving them with one point.
They were diabolical against Croatia – but Lionel Messi should not be blamed for this mess.
Atletico Madrid Simeone agrees in a WhatsApp message sent to his assistant German Burgos, which Spanish radio station Cadena COPE have somehow got hold of.
The quotes, kindly translated by this fine gentleman on Twitter, see Simeone point the finger at the FA and manager Jorge Sampaoli.
“What is happening right now is what’s been happening to the national team in the last 4 years unfortunately: Anarchy, no leadership from the FA or the people in charge,” he said.
“I see a lost team. They should have started the game like they started against Iceland, a weaker team.
The team are in a bad moment, but it’s Argentina and I hope I’m not wrong, but I think they’re advancing, because Nigeria will beat Iceland and then you will have the the possibility of beating Nigeria, as long as Iceland does not win against Croatia. So it now depends on Iceland not to win either of the two games, it’s possible.
“It’s clear that today in the dressing room they’re beating each other up. Someone has to fight. Stop breaking my balls.
“The goalkeeper… He had done it already, Germán! He did it against Spain, against Italy that the ball went just wide near the post, and I told you it was a pity he didn’t concede so they’d realise that if you screw it in the World Cup, it’s a goal.
“We all always say that footballers are the most important in this game, and we know it’s like that. They’re 60%, not 90%. Because when we coaches screw it up it’s worse than when footballers do, which means coaches play a big role in this.
“Messi is very good, but he’s very good because he has extraordinary teammates. And the question I ask you: If you had to choose between Messi and Ronaldo for a regular team, who would you choose?”