Argentina have endured a rough start to the World Cup 2018, drawing their opening game with Iceland 1-1 in Moscow before being thrashed 3-0 by Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod, after which numerous media reported Sampaoli would possibly be sacked.
Argentina, the runners up of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and easily among the tournament favourites, were crushed by Croatia on a horror Thursday night.
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.
Instead, defeat by Germany set in motion four years of chaos in the worldwide set-up that has brought one of the great footballing nations to its knees and leaves the South Americans staring at a ignominious early exit in Russian Federation.
The Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi has received support from the man he is constantly compared to, Diego Maradona ahead of their final group-stage match.
Denmark and France are already guaranteed progression from group C to the round of 16, but the victor will top the group and play against the second team to progress from group D.
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"I would say it would be the biggest success in our football history if we qualify for the last 16 in the World Cup".
Centre back Marcos Rojo returns as Sampaoli reverts to a back four, while Ever Banega is also brought in to add some bite in midfield in a match Argentina, who are bottom of the group, must win to stand any chance of progressing.
Argentina are under pressure after two poor performances and staring at their first group stage exit since the dark days of 2002.
According to former Argentina national soccer teammate Pablo Zabaleta, the World Cup forward is "stressed and unhappy".
And his 31st birthday on Sunday only served to highlight how time is running out for Messi to win a major worldwide tournament.
"I can't really clarify things that are untrue and things that don't exist", Sampoali said.