December 21, 2014
Sabella: ‘I didn’t choose the starting team yet’
Argentina coach Alejandro “Pachorra” Sabella said today he is “undecided” and “maybe a bit secretive on purpose” over the Albiceleste starting formation for the Group F opener against Bosnia tomorrow.
Sabella said he has one more night to “think the team over”, and revealed all players except for forward Rodrigo Palacio are on good physical conditions for the game.
“We had some problems since I named the 23-player squad on June 2. Except for Palacio, everyone is now in good form,” he told reporters during his first press conference since Argentina arrived in Brazil for the World Cup.
The Argentine coach insisted that he will wait till tomorrow to decide on the starting formation depending on “which player is in best condition to face the 90 minutes.”
When asked about the Argentine tactic for the game against Bosnia at Río de Janeiro in the Maracaná Stadium, Sabella again hesitated and didn’t reveal any information on whether he will keep the classic 4-3-3 formation or include a 5-men defensive line.
“We’ll see,” Sabella said, and added that having 2 or 3 forwards doesn’t necessarily mean you have a more defensive or offensive team.
“See what happened in Netherlands vs Spain? The Dutch played 5-3-2 and scored 5 goals against the world and European champions,” Sabella, known for playing a very conservative football with Estudiantes de La Plata, explained.
On Bosnia and ref controversies
“Pachorra” also talked about rivals Bosnia and the controversy around the penalty kick sanctioned for Brazil in the World Cup opening game.
“Bosnians are a very creative team, with gifted, tactical players who play a good offense and a good air game,” Sabella affirmed.
“As regards the opening game, all I have to say is referees are human too. It was a mistake, but these things happen. Everyone can make a wrong call, especially when it comes to quick, confusing plays.”