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Posted by Roy Nemer Monday, April 14, 2014 Go To Comments

Alejandro SABELLA: MESSI is irreplaceable

In an interview with, 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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Posted on 4/16/2014 at 2:09 PM

Posted on 4/16/2014 at 2:47 AM
icardi been targeted by atletico? That would be the best move of his career!
-He will get out of Italy, where there is Mafia and Maxi Lopez's wife!
-There will be simeone, who kicks butt!

Posted on 4/15/2014 at 10:37 AM
ffs plz Simeone dont take torres at all...

Posted on 4/15/2014 at 10:36 AM
@Johnny: yeah,its tough to find that maybe in normal replays.. however the PLTV analysts showed it clearly demichelis retreating foot catching the running suarez..Its enough for making anyone running fall & especially suarez can make the most of it as does most of the players now..

Posted on 4/15/2014 at 10:31 AM
@Forever-I've seen the replays and I don't see it. What I see is an awkward challenge that catches air and Suarez rolling around like he tore a ligament.

Posted on 4/15/2014 at 10:28 AM
@Amlan: & for the justice,it wasnt even scored!

Posted on 4/15/2014 at 10:26 AM
@Amlan: grow up mate.. only 1 penalty can be called as a dive(by sturridge-utd game, however vidic had a lunge which had him nowhere to go), you may be utd or chelsea fan I guess..

Posted on 4/15/2014 at 10:23 AM
@Johnny: I was first of that view, but yesterday in a PLTV programme it was clearly shown that demichelis got a touch on suarez (which on normal replays you wont notice) & Kompany put arms on his shoulders & later on his chest to pull him back! I can understand your comments, I was of that opinion first but you should have a look at those situations carefully once more & comment!

Posted on 4/15/2014 at 8:14 AM
Pretty measured, diplomatic responses not driven by emotion by Sabella.

Are there still a huge number of folks clamoring for the inclusion of Tevez in the squad? A couple of questions:
1. Why this step backwards?
2. Where is Tevez even going to fit in? In a 23-member squad, we are most likely going to have: 3 GKS, 8 Defenders , 7 Midfielders, and 5 forwards.

The 5-forwards is where I feel that we are completely set- Higuain, Messi, Aguero, Lavezzi and Palacio. Just who is Tevez going to replace out of these? Higuain is a different striker compared to Tevez. Aguero and Messi will not be replaced. Lavezzi offers very good speed down the wings, and Palacio has proven to be a very hard-working player. Only 3 ways I see Tevez being included:
a. Sabella bows to extreme pressure from AFA and includes him
b. Tevez suddenly turns into a smiling angel, gets along with everyone and even offers to play GK ( he might be better than Romero ;-) )
c. Sabella smokes whatever Diego was smoking the last time around and suddenly has a dream of lifting the WC while Tevez is massaging his balls , and decides to call him up for that dream alone.

Posted on 4/15/2014 at 7:15 AM
I still hope he consider willy n speroni, atleast instead of andujar...

el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 7:10 AM
Yeaaaah less than 2 months now from the World Cup and still no Tevez!!

Great job bro Sabella!

Posted on 4/15/2014 at 6:59 AM
Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling have been the three of the fastest players and top divers in the current season of premier league. That's why Liverpool won too many penalties (12) and Gerard scored too many goals (13 where 10 on penalties).

el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 6:58 AM

Why Messi refused to run against Atletico Madrid.

Posted on 4/15/2014 at 5:20 AM
What bullshit. Suarez is a diving piece of garbage. If Demi touched him it was with a molecule. Kompany rode him out on the byline. The video of the Demi "challenge" is there to see on Youtube. Pleaaaassseeee !

Posted on 4/15/2014 at 5:13 AM
Feel bad about criticizing Suarez that he dived where actually demichelis made contact with Suarez's foot which made him fall(exaggeration is there,but certainly not a dive)! And he should have got a penalty for kompany fouling him.. both of these incidents looked like suarez was the villain but he wasnt actually.. He's been wrongly criticized for that..

Posted on 4/15/2014 at 5:12 AM
Ofcourse everyone in the world knows Messi is irreplacable but romero,andujar,sosa,augusto?! really Sabella?!

Dante Pastrana
(United States)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 4:02 AM
Classy Mr. Sabella :) If I ever doubted you, forgive me. At least it was during the preliminary stages of the world cup qualifying games. I’ve often wondered your selection of players but by now it’s pretty clear why you’ve selected the players that are on the team. Unfortunately some might now get the picture yet but I can surely appreciate all the hard work that has been portrayed. For once in a long time we actually have a strong plan A and a coach with real tactics. I’m very grateful for the new attitude and identity of our current NT. It’s really been missing for several years now and even if we lose the world cup I’ve felt like we’ve made progress. I’m sooo excited for the games to start!

(New Zealand)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 3:35 AM
sabella is ne of the best coaches ive heard interviewed, he honest and takes no rubbish from the reporters.

(United States)
Posted on 4/15/2014 at 1:08 AM
Fun statistic: In all of Europe Federico Fernandez has the higuest Offsides won per game with 1.7 average a game...

Posted on 4/15/2014 at 12:55 AM
Even the argie manager feel argentina rely on messi.... If it is then what the heil other 22 are doing... A single player cant win a game its a team work and team spirit. I hate people calling argie a messi team. Messi is just a important trumpcard like aguero, mascerano and di maria

Posted on 4/15/2014 at 12:31 AM
Rather it should be "Romero is irreplaceable "

Posted on 4/14/2014 at 11:06 PM
Great and wise answer from Sabella; no offense, remain humble and stay on the ground. Its clear Sabella approach and characteristic is to bring harmony and balance on the team, a team build for Messi.

Posted on 4/14/2014 at 9:20 PM
I always enjoy Sabella's interviews. He's an adult.

Posted on 4/14/2014 at 9:12 PM
I wonder if he has hatred in his heart for Tevez because is not only in this interview he refuse to talk at length or give any good answers to questions about Tevez.....maybe Sabella need to visit pope Francis he need prayers.

Posted on 4/14/2014 at 8:35 PM
"I don’t go out much and when I do I see the passion of the Argentinian people, who think we’ve got it won already. I grew up hearing how we were the best in the world, even when we hadn’t won anything. But that’s normal. it’s just the way we are. Sometimes we think we are better than we actually are and then reality brings us back down to Earth. It’s no good being over-confident. You have to work hard and keep your feet on the ground."

Posted on 4/14/2014 at 8:31 PM
So it's Started already. Gago injured:((
I hope he is the last one

(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 8:13 PM
Tevez should be our plan B .. And am sure he'll live up to expectations .. This is our year !!

(United States)
Posted on 4/14/2014 at 6:37 PM
That's what a manager is supposed to say Not like Big Phil, 'WE WILL WIN THE WORLD CUP'
    On this day in 2006, Lionel MESSI scored his first ever goal for the Argentina National Team. MESSI scored his first goal for Argentina on March 1, 2006 in a friendly match against Croatia. A match which ended 3-2 in Croatia's favor. 
    The media in Argentina has been reporting that the AFA has not paid Tata MARTINO or his coaching staff since October. 
    On this day in 2012, Lionel Messi scored his first ever hattrick for the Argentina National Team vs. Switzerland. February 29, 2012 marked the day Lionel MESSI scored his first hattrick for the National Team in a 3-1 win against Switzerland.

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