Argentina Coach reacts to W/Cup draw against Nigeria, others - FCNaija

World Cup 2018 By: Ayodeji Tunde | 02/12/2017

Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli has reacted to Friday's World Cup draw in which his team were placed in Group D to face the trio of Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia.

Though the two-time world champions struggled through in the qualifying series, Sampaoli who is heavily being criticized by Argentine legend, Diego Maradona is optimistic the 2014 runners-up can make an impact at next year's World Cup in Russia.

"It does not bother me. We also feel this way," Sampaoli told Omnisport.

 "I hope that as the time passes we will be able to have the chance to improve."

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Sampaoli who has five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi in his rich squad added: "I think we will grow, that we will have the chance to get rid of the load that we had in the qualifiers. Argentina will be very strong in the World Cup. I hope we can pass in our group, and show what sets us apart."

Argentina will open their World Cup campaign against tournament debutants Iceland in Moscow on June 16, before facing Croatia five days later and Nigeria on June 26.

"I already know where we will play, the days, the places, the trips, the rivals and their characteristics," Sampaoli continued.

"But that is what we are facing, and we have to know that Argentina has the best player in the world and has a chance to move to the second phase."