Jorge Sampaoli: 'I tried everything for Lionel Messi'

Jorge Sampaoli: 'I tried everything for Lionel Messi'

Jorge Sampaoli: 'I tried everything for Lionel Messi'

His individual trophy collection is nearly more impressive though, winning five Ballon d'Ors and his goal record over the years is among the greatest in the history of the game.

The beleaguered Argentina coach may have any decision on his future taken out of his hands, but he cut a defiant figure in the wake of his side's defeat.

"If we do not control the play then it will be a physical game which would not suit us".

France may have emerged as the victors, but the immediate aftermath was speculation that Messi has played for the very last time at the World Cup. The players gave everything on the pitch but have not achieved our goal here in Russian Federation. "I'm sad, I'm frustrated - I think that's quite normal".

Lionel Messi opted not to speak to the media after Argentina were knocked out of the World Cup by France.

Despite some eye-catching moments in the last fortnight, the planet's two best players of the past decade have been unable to propel their football-mad nations beyond the first knockout stage at this World Cup.

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Employed as a false nine in the first half, Messi struggled to get himself involved but Sampaoli felt Argentina did all they could to get the best out of him.

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Pegged as +190 underdogs on Saturday, Portugal has looked ordinary at times during their 3-5-1 run, and in the group stage relied heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored four of the squad's five goals to remain a +450 bet on the World Cup top goalscorer odds.

"We tried many different tactics, surround him, create space for him, so we tried to use everything we had to allow him to do what he can do".

"Sometimes we managed to do so, sometimes we didn't".

The Asian side faced an angry backlash for running down the clock in the last 15 minutes even though they were losing 1-0 on Thursday, gambling that Senegal would not equalise against Columbia in the other Group H game. "I want to say thank you to all those players for being here and for trying to go as far as possible".

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