Former Head Coach of the Argentine senior male National team, Jorge Sampaoli says he has no regrets about coaching Argentina while admitting his best was not enough.
Sampaoli led Argentina to the round of 16 stage of the 2018 World Cup where they were dumped out by France.
It was widely considered a shambolic tournament for Argentina given that they progressed from the group stage with 4 points in a group parading Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.
“I believe that all of us who were there, including myself, were honest in terms of our contribution,” Sampaoli said to Marca .
“I put my heart and my passion into it, but it wasn’t enough. I do not think I have to reproach myself with things. I learned a lot for the future”
“Criticism was as big as the expectation. I arrived with 95 per cent approval from the people, thinking that Jorge Sampaoli could give Argentina that desired World Cup with the best player on the field”
“When it did not come, the criticism came. But I have no grudge against anyone.”- Sampaoli
Sampaoli also explained why he just speaking to the media for the first time since the World Cup;
“I took some time to analyse my time in the national team and the period after the World Cup,” he added. “I needed this moment of analysis to make clear things about my future”
“I just took time to go deeper into the experience I lived and for that reason I wanted to be isolated and break things up. I am a person who works as a football coach”
“I moved away from the media life. But I didn’t stop talking to the world of football, nor did I lose my social life, nor did I stop going to the movies, or go for a coffee at a bar. Nobody criticised me face to face, on the contrary”- Sampoli