Argentina are known as one of the football greats on the global stage, but on Thursday night they looked a shadow of their former selves.
Despite having five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi in the team, Jorge Sampaoli’s side have failed to impress at the World Cup in Russia.
The nation were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland in their opening Group D match, and on Thursday were beaten 3-0 by Croatia.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero started both matches, and in the clash against Iceland he netted Argentina’s only goal.
The 30-year-old, who is valued at £72m by Transfermarkt, was named in the first XI against Croatia, but was substituted and replaced with Gonzalo Higuain one minute after the first goal was conceded.
The result means that Argentina are staring at early elimination from the tournament.
After the final whistle, Aguero spoke to reporters and seemed to take aim at Sampaoli when the coach claimed that the players “did not adapt” during the fixture.
Coach Jorge Sampaoli said the #ARG "players did not adapt" and "the project failed."
Sergio Aguero's response when asked about those comments: "Let him say what he wants." 🔥 pic.twitter.com/jZjkeCzzXX
— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 21, 2018
City fans have been tweeting their thoughts on the situation.
Sampaoli is the worst ever manager I have ever seen, doesnt knows about players and their strengths and weaknesses forget about the opposition tactics. I wish he gets banned from football for ever.
He just ruined Aguero and Messi’s worldcup.
I just cant ……..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Hafiz Khan (@HafizKhan22) June 21, 2018
In my opinion it was a stupid idea to put him on bench when he was the only one who could have scored. Never mind what’s done is done. Atleast he will hopefully come back fresh and ready for new season with City
— Laura Swarbrick (@LauraSwarbrick1) June 21, 2018
What a circus
— Tom (@TomHurley17) June 21, 2018
THAT’S my player??
— AGÜERO FAN (@agueroooooo9320) June 22, 2018
Hurry up home Serg x
— George Scottow (@GScottow) June 21, 2018
That’s him dropped then for the next game thank god. Get him home nice and early for preseason.
— ARG (@ClinicalKun16) June 21, 2018
Poor Sergio…none of the balls came to him. The midfield was not working!
— HamCity (@ArgentineEPL) June 21, 2018