- Jorge Sampaoli said Germany are not one of the favourites to win the World Cup
- The Argentina boss believes Brazil, France and Spain are ahead of the Germans
- Joachim Low’s side won every game during a perfect qualification campaign
- But Sampaoli insisted he will not consider them as he ‘doesn’t like how they play’
In contrast, Germany coasted through the European section, winning all 10 of their matches, and have subsequently received huge backing to defend the trophy they won in Brazil by beating Argentina in the final.
Jorge Sampaoli sees Brazil and France as favourites to win the World Cup ahead of Germany
Joachim Low’s men also claimed the Confederations Cup earlier this summer with a weakened and youthful squad.
But Sampaoli did not include them in his list of serious contenders for next year’s competition.
Speaking to journalism students at the Tea and Deportea School in Argentina, he said: ‘I think Brazil, Spain and France are one step ahead of us due to their time working together.
Argentina booked a spot at next year’s World Cup after Lionel Messi’s treble in the last qualifier
Sampaoli said Germany are not favourites despite Joachim Low’s side winning all 10 qualifiers
‘I don’t mention Germany not because I forgot them, but because I don’t like the way they play.’
The Argentina boss also hinted at a possible recall for Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain, who has seen game time under Sampaoli rare to come by, while he also expressed sympathy for Boca Juniors striker Dario Benedetto, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury earlier this month.
‘In the short term, the Higuain issue was complicated for us,’ he said.
‘In the medium term I think he can be an important player.’
On Benedetto, he added: ‘I spoke with him, now his priority has to be to return. Unfortunately, he will not be able to compete in the same conditions as the other attackers.’
Germany will be hopeful of defending the World Cup they won at the Brazil 2014 tournament
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.