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Simeone shares thoughts on Argentina's WC crisis

LEAKED: Simeone shares enraged analysis of Argentina's downfall

June 21, 2018 By Oscar Rojas
Atlético Madrid's boss has been linked to La Albiceleste's coaching spot several times, but he's never reached a deal to take over.

The aftermath of Argentina's World Cup loss against Croatia has sparked criticism throughout the world, and one of the contenders for the hottest seat in Argentinean football left no stone unturned in a private conversation that was leaked earlier today.

Atlético Madrid's coach Diego Pablo Simeone was harsh in his analysis of Argentina's downfall in the World Cup, blaming coaches, execs and the players themselves for their poor display in Russia.

In the leaked conversation, Simeone seems to be talking to his assistant, Germán Burgos. There, "El Cholo looked into what happened during both of Argentina's games in the competition, and blasted their coach for his poor analysis of the game.

"I see them and it feels like they're lost. They should have played the way they did today against Iceland, because they are a weaker team. On the other hand, they should have played against Croatia the way they played against Croatia, because they're a stronger team, Simeone told his assistant.

Later, Simeone revealed how the players should have reacted after today's loss, referring that they needed to yell at each other in order to find solutions amongst themselves.

"Let me be clear, there has to be one or two guys trading blows right now. Someone's gotta fight! 'Quit f*cking around man, get on with it' that's what they should be telling each other. The team is just doing bad, truly bad," Simeone added.

"El Cholo" also aimed a dig at Jorge Sampaoli's words, who he believes to be the mastermind behind this fiasco.

"We all say that footballers are the most important part of the game, but that number rises up to 60%, not 90%, because when us coaches f*ck it up, it's way worse than when players f*ck things up. Hence, you can't leave the coach out of this, he has to take the blame for most of it," Simeone continued.

Los Colchoneros' boss also referred to Lionel Messi's contribution to the National Team. His words show the true feelings of most of his compatriots, and ended his exposition on Messi by adding fuel to the controversy between "La Pulga" and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player of their generation. 

Lionel Messi - Argentina vs Croatia"We all know that Messi is really good, but let me tell you, he's good because he has all sorts of talent surrounding him. My question to you is this: if you had to choose between Messi and Ronaldo to lead a your team on a day-to-day basis, which one would you choose?" Simeone inquired.

Before the conversation was over, and despite everything he criticized from the team and its players, Simeone admitted that the World Cup wouldn't be the same without Argentina.

"It's Argentina we're talking about here, and I want to believe they will go through. They'll make it happen, because Nigeria will beat Iceland, and once they do, you'll get the chance to beat them and get to the next round. Let's hope for that, because now you depend on them not winning any of their remaining games," Simeone concluded.

Listen to the full audio clip below. 

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