Select a Team

Prev Game: International Match Tue 18th Nov

prev game - Argentina
team 1 score team 2
Portugal 1 - 0 Argentina

Next Game: Copa Americas Cup Sat 13th Jun

next game - Argentina
team 1 score team 2
Argentina 23:30 Paraguay

World Cup: Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella accepts Lionel Messi criticism

Last Updated: 21/06/14 11:23am

  • Share:
Lionel Messi: Unhappy with Argentina's tactics in their opener

Lionel Messi: Unhappy with Argentina's tactics in their opener

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella has admitted Lionel Messi was right to go public with his criticism of the coach's tactics.

Messi was unhappy Sabella played with five defenders in their World Cup opener against Bosnia-Herzegovina - it was only at half-time, after the coach reverted to the usual 4-3-3 formation, that Argentina began to look impressive.

Argentina face Iran in Belo Horizonte in their second Group F game and Sabella insisted that Messi had been right to speak out.

Sabella told a news conference: "I was not hurt by Leo's comment and he has said that before.

"He likes to play 4-3-3 with (Angel) Di Maria up front.

"He was asked how he likes to play and he answered what he thinks in a respectful way. We respect each other, we have a very strong team spirit. It is good to have an open dialogue with my players.

"Sometimes players learn from us the coaches and sometimes we learn from them.

Alejandro Sabella: Argentina coach

"We can all make mistakes you know. Tomorrow we will start with a 4-3-3 formation and we will take it from there. We may have to change the formation or not."

It was only after the change against Bosnia that Argentina started playing fluently, culminating in an excellent individual goal by Messi, who said a 4-3-3 formation makes it much easier for him and fellow striker Sergio Aguero.

Messi said: "As strikers we prefer that system as it gives us more attacking opportunities and if we don't use that system we suffer a bit.

"We as strikers favour that line-up. In the first half I was often on my own and so was Kun (Aguero) and it was very difficult, so there are things to be improved on."

Sabella said he had no issue with Messi going public over this concerns.

"I am the one who encouraged Messi to (say that) and I fully trust all my players from a human and professional standpoint," he said.

"We have a two-way street in our dialogue because if you don't let them say what they want to say then you won't get the best out of them."

Iran drew 0-0 against Nigeria in their opening game but coach Carlos Queiroz admitted they were up against it.

He said: "It will require a miracle since Argentina is one of the best teams in the world and also they have one day of rest more than we do."

  • Share:

Related

World Cup Group F

Carlos Queiroz: Watched his side suffer a 3-1 defeat to Bosnia in their final World Cup game

Queiroz: No regrets for Iran

Carlos Queiroz insists he has no regrets over Iran's World Cup after their final game ended in defeat to Bosnia.

Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi gestures as Argentina's coach Alejandro Sabella looks on during the Group F football match between Nigeria and Argentina

Keshi proud of achievement

Stephen Keshi spoke of his pride as Nigeria became the first African team in the knock-out stages of the World Cup.

Alejandro Sabella: Thinks Argentina showed signs of improvement against Nigeria

Sabella: Argentina improving

Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella says his side are improving after Lionel Messi inspired them to a 3-2 win over Nigeria.

Related Profiles

Most Popular

Features

Messi v Ronaldo

Messi v Ronaldo

Ahead of Tuesday's clash, a look at the rivalry between the two icons with the thoughts of Sid Lowe and Guillem Balague.

Guillem's World Cup XI

Guillem's World Cup XI

Guillem Balague has picked his World Cup XI - but do you agree with his selections?

Numb to his genius?

Numb to his genius?

As criticism grows, Adam Bate wonders whether we've just become numb to Lionel Messi's genius?