He said that the relationship between the two sides had remained "totally normal". "Obviously, when we feel some discomfort or we see something, we express it to him because otherwise, we would be hypocrites". "In the next three days the coach is going to have a very important role and the players have to believe".
The sculpture will also be put on display in Bronnitsy, a town located about 50 kilometres from Moscow that is Argentina's base during the month-long tournament.
It is understood that several players approached Argentine FA president Claudio Tapia to ask that Sampaoli be either sacked or give them a voice in team selection, says the Mirror.
With apologies to Tolstoy, every unhappy team is unhappy in its own way.
"We found out by chance that it was Messi's birthday on June 24", said chief confectioner Daria Malkina. I think Messi should wake up a bit more, because when things don't go well for him, he's always down on the pitch, he shows no reaction. "I managed to score a goal, it was great for me".
Meanwhile, midfielder Lucas Biglia acknowledged Argentina's future rests on more than the Nigeria result. "There are a lot of factors that are needed in this kind of competition".
Portugal have taken four points from their opening two matches of the World Cup, playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain in their opening match before scraping to a 1-0 victory over Morocco on Wednesday.