October 22, 2014
Sabella: ‘I’ll meet with AFA this weekend to discuss my continuity’
Argentina coach and World Cup runner-up Alejandro “Pachorra” Sabella revealed today he will meet with Argentine Football Association (AFA) representatives this weekend to discuss his continuity as Albiceleste coach.
“I’ll meet with AFA this week-end,” Sabella told reporters while saying he doesn’t know what “AFA wants” for the future of the national team.
“Pachorra” said he feels “exhausted” after “35 days of tension, adrenaline and responsibility” and that he needs to rest in order to be able to give “100% to the team.”
“I ask my players to give everything, so if I’m not able to do so that would not be right,” former Estudiantes de La Plata coach said.
Sabella added that he is aware of the upcoming Argentina friendly matches and that he will have a rapid response to whether he continues to manage the Albiceleste or not.
“I know we have some games planned in the near future. I am a responsible professional and I will have come to a conclusion before that,” he said.
“Messi made a huge sacrifice”
Asked about the Argentine performance during the World Cup, Sabella recognized the group stage was hard for the team, while highlighting Lionel Messi’s compromise with his teammates as the coach chose to change tactics.
“Messi made a huge sacrifice. He is a megastar but he understood the team needed him to play in a different way than he is used to. Not everyone is willing to do that,” Sabella explained.
“During the first three matches we had a very hard time. The teams we faced closed themselves up in the back. It was very difficult. But the team made it through and it got better and better as matches went by.”
Sabella recognized the Albiceleste needed to raise its play level during the knock-out stage, and thanked Messi for his performance.
“If we played like we did in the group stage for the rest of the tournament, we wouldn’t have reached the final against Germany. And we played a good game in the finals. I thank the team and Messi, for playing the way he did and for wanting to play for Argentina when he could have chosen to represent Spain,” Sabella concluded.