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Tim Sherwood Blames Argentina's Woes On 'Scruffy' Sampaoli

Tim Sherwood Blames Argentina's Woes On 'Scruffy' Sampaoli

Exposing a number of the frailties many had begun to suspect within Argentina's squad, Croatia booked their place in the last-16 of the World Cup with a convincing 3-0 win tonight. With a final destination of who is at fault yet to be decided, Tim Sherwood has gone all in on one man; the Argentina manager, Jorge Sampaoli.

Marching furious up and down the touchline throughout the first-half, as Argentina began to flounder, Sampaoli's resilience faded also. Roundly criticised for his apparent mis-management of the players at his disposal, Argentina's inability to get the best out of Lionel Messi will also go down as a black mark against his name.

Sherwood, however, was preoccupied with his own aesthetic qualms. Namely, Sampaoli's clothes and tattoos:

If they'd won the game we'd say his appearance on the touchline doesn't matter ... [but] he is a manger of a national team, standing there with his t-shirt and tattoos all over him ... I mean, listen, I might be old-fashioned, but I don't think a manager should look like that.

Sampaoli's tattoos did become a topic of great interest when the Argentina boss whipped off his blazer during the second-half.

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Speaking on the South African broadcaster, Super Sport, Sherwood proceeded to say that Sampaoli "looked like he was going to fight in a pub with them tattoos. ... His team mirrored their manager - scruffy."

The reaction to Sherwood - and his co-pundit, Andy Townsend - has largely been a negative one, however.

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