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Sampaoli has no regrets after poor World Cup outing

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Jorge Sampaoli has no regrets over Argentina’s abysmal performance at the World Cup despite a last-16 loss to eventual winners France costing him his job.

Argentina struggled to qualify from the group stage at Russia 2018 with Sampaoli heavily criticised for wrong tactics and team selection.

Sampaoli, who won the Copa America during his time in charge of Chile, didn’t know his starting XI having left out a prolific goal scorer in Mauro Icardi.

And the 58-year-old is willing to treat Argentina’s World Cup failure as a learning experience as he considers his next step.

“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 percent 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.”

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