Argentina couldn’t manage to get the most out of another World Cup and Diego Maradona has pointed out that he could foresee the outcome before the game against France.

Despite the Albiceleste having scored three goals against Les Bleus, the Argentine legend has criticised Jorge Sampaoli’s decision to field a starting line-up without a striker.

“[I feel] bad that for another World Cup, Argentina couldn’t manage to have a consistent team,” he told Telesur’s show ‘De la mano del Diez.’

“However, you could already see it from the formation, as [we had already known] since we left Moscow that [Cristian] Pavon, [Lionel] Messi and [Angel] Di Maria were the ones who were going to attack against the French defence.

“I don’t think they know a lot about [attacking] inside the box and pushing forward against the centre-backs.

“Yes, they know how to play the game but they are not strikers.

“I think we came here to a cinema rather than to a stadium, because we came to see the chronicle of a death foretold.”

The 1986 World Cup winner went on to break down the reasons behind the elimination, backing the team’s star, Lionel Messi.

“[Argentina] didn’t know how to attack and what to do when they had the ball,” he added.

“France, on the contrary, have variety that seems to me that this Argentina never had.

“Messi was very far from the goal and I said that if he was to be put as [a false] No.9, he would have to come looking for the balls, set up the game and attack the goal.

“Without Messi, Argentina is just another team.”

Finally, Maradona praised Uruguay.

“Uruguay deserve it, [as] [Oscar] Tabarez does a good job,” he noted.

“The truth is that the players are united and for that reason I believe that they can go far and we hope that they continue further.”



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