In an interview with FIFA.com, Alejandro SABELLA spoke about the World Cup, Lionel MESSI and more.
In the interview, SABELLA spoke about watching matches involving his players, injuries and more. Here's part of the interview:
I’m going to quote to you a couple of things that people are saying a lot right now, just to gauge the mood in the camp: ‘Argentina have got an easy group’ and ‘there are no easy teams at the World Cup’. Which of the two best sums up that mood at the moment?
"(Pause) Well, I’m going to give you a third option, which is in between the two: we are our own biggest enemy. If we’re on top of our game, we can make the group easier than it is. If we’re not 100 percent and as focused as we should be, then every team will make life hard for us and it could become a really tough section."
How do you feel when you watch your players in action for their clubs?
Nervous! Sometimes I have to share matches out with my team because a lot of games are played at the same time. We all think exactly the same thing when we watch them though: that none of them are going to get injured. It’s not as if I get a headache or anything, but I do get worried if I see one of the players go down. If they get up quickly, that’s great. And if they have to go off, we try to find out why as soon as we can. I do suffer a little bit with them. You’re looking for them to be playing well, but the most important thing is that nothing happens to them.
The risk of injury is always there and there’s a question that always gets asked: do Argentina have a Plan B for players like Lionel MESSI?
You always have to have a Plan B. The thing is that we’re talking about top players here. You have to have some kind of list in your head and have some possible replacements in mind. The thing is, there are times when Plan B is pretty similar to Plan A, and there are times when it isn’t. That’s when you have to adapt.
Have you got one lined up for MESSI?
We’ve played a few games without Leo, but the fact is that he’s irreplaceable. There’s not a club or national team in the world that could play the same with or without Messi. We rely on him so much that when he’s not there, we notice it. If it did happen, we’d have to see how we’d handle it and look at the match in question. We do have an idea, though. In fact, he wasn’t there when we played Italy in Rome and neither was AGUERO and yet we still managed to adapt to the situation. We’re never going to be the same, but we’d do it again if need be.
Some sections of the media have been campaigning for Carlos TEVEZ to return to the side. How do you assimilate that?
In the same way: everyone’s entitled to their opinion. And like I said before, I read, listen and watch and then I draw my own conclusions.
Is he not putting forward a good case with his form in Italy?
I don’t like talking about the players who aren’t in the squad. I think it’s better for everyone that way. That goes for TEVEZ and for anyone else, though I understand why they’re talking about him more than others.
Have you stopped to think at all about the best possible scenario?
I should do, but I don’t think I have. Maybe there’s been the odd time when I’ve thought about us being in the Final, but it’s only been for a few seconds. I’d say I’ve hardly thought about it at all. The fact of the matter is that my mind has to be on other things right now.
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