Argentina legend Diego Maradona has been left outraged by his Country’s poor start to their World Cup campaign, and wants to meet with the Albiceleste players before their crunch encounter against Nigeria on Tuesday.
Lionel Messi and co. began their World Cup campaign with a disappointing 1-1 draw against minnows Iceland before suffering a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Croatia.
Maradona, who captained Argentina to glory in 1986, and is one of his Country’s most vocal supporters, believes that the nature of his former sides lacklustre performance against the Croats was an insult to players who have worn the famous Blue and White shirt in the past.
However, the former Barcelona and Napoli star is also placing much of the blame of Argentinian FA head Claudio Tapia.
“We’re going to defend our honour,” he told Venezuelan TV channel Telesur.
“I’m furious and very upset inside, because anyone who has worn that shirt can’t see it being trampled like that by a Croatian team that isn’t Germany, that isn’t Brazil, that isn’t Holland or Spain.
“But there is a guilty party and the culprit is the president of the AFA. Everyone just accepted it when Sampaoli came in with computers, with drones, with 14 assistants.
“I think there is a total lack of authority on Tapia’s part.”
All is not lost for two time Champions Argentina however, if they do beat Nigeria on Tuesday they will finish second in Group D and will progress to the knock out stages.