If Argentina’s teamwork, application and effort during the World Cup qualifiers had been anything close to their post-Ecuador match dressing room performance then they’d have secured a berth in Russia a long time ago.

Celebrating like they’d won the tournament, the scenes were great and should fill football following Argentine hearts with some hope. It clearly means a great deal to the players, and the relief of actually qualifying could now lead to a period where the team actually impress on a regular basis.

It could be just what Jorge Sampaoli ordered.

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Perhaps celebrator-in-chief was Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi, and he can be seen in videos being published across South America, holding a selfie stick and conducting his teammates.

Brazil’s Globo Esporte naturally look for the controversial angle and point out the Argentina players,¬†videoed by Otamendi, were seen singing something along the lines of “It’s not important what the p*** journalists say”.

Argentina’s squad, Otamendi among them, have been on the end of a lot of criticism over the qualifying period, a lot of it justified, but the Manchester City player and others clearly feel things went too far at times, and are responding as part of their celebrations.