Maradona carries grudge against new Argentina coach Sampaoli

  • Reuters, Monday, June 19, 2017 9:40 PM
Diego Maradona criticized new Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli as being no better than his predecessor, Edgardo Bauza, who was fired after winning only three of eight games.

"Sampaoli doesn't know any more than Bauza," Maradona told Argentine channel TyC on Monday. "If he hadn't beaten us in the [2015 Copa America] final [while coaching] Chile, then not even his family would know who he was."

Maradona was upset at Sampaoli's decision to leave out Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, his son-in-law, for friendlies against Brazil and Singapore, which Argentina won. He was also hurt that Sampaoli didn't give him a testimonial game when he coached at Sevilla.

"Sampaoli was fake with me," said Maradona, who played at the Spanish club at the end of his career. "He told me they were going to give me a tribute in Seville. Then the national team came up and I never heard any more from him."

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