Finally, he said he was a "fan of Mexico" and explained that their performances so far had won him round - although, despite two wins from two, they still need a point from their final game to reach the last 16.
The aforementioned source claims that Sampaoli has been asked by a number of senior players not to take charge of Argentina's game against the "Super Eagles" on Tuesday June 26.
"He's fine", Mascherano said.
"We know the situation is tricky".
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I don't think [past problems] are technical, because they're world champions at U17 and U20.
The star forward insisted that he will not give up on his dream of bringing the World Cup back to Argentina amid retirement rumours.
Although Sampaoli has sought the opinion of his players, Mascherano, 34, dismissed reports it was a "revolt".
"I would just like to say that when the mission and the shirt that we represent is much bigger than any type of interpretation you may be making, then we will be all united together for the same goal". Otherwise we would be hypocrites.
They are now last in Group D with one point and a negative-three goal differential.
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