Jorge Sampaoli

How Jorge Sampaoli’s plans to revolutionise Argentina will affect Leo Messi

Jorge Sampaoli & Argentina

Despite the fact that Jorge Sampaoli has yet to agree on becoming the new Argentinian boss, there’s speculation in the South American media this week about how the esteemed coach could revolutionise La Albiceleste should he get the job.

Argentina are on the lookout for a new coach after sacking Edgardo Bauza on Monday.

Argentina are fifth in their South American qualifying group for the World Cup. Only the top four sides will qualify directly for the tournament that is to be staged in Russia.

As for Sampaoli, he’s currently at Sevilla.

Big change for Leo Messi

According to La Nacion on Wednesday, should Sampaoli get the job he’ll take Leo Messi out of the attack to play him in a false 9 role instead.

When it comes to the strikers, the intention is to recall Mauro Icardi and partner him with Gonzalo Higuain.

Angel di Maria will play on the left, Ever Banega in the middle of the park, while Javier Mascherano will be given licence to prowl in front of a back three.