Martino: ‘My priority vs Germany is to pass down a new strategy’
New Argentine coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino has said the main objective in the upcoming match of the Albiceleste against World champion Germany is not the score but to “transmit” a new “idea” of play.
“My priority versus Germany is to pass down a new strategy. To discuss with the players my idea of play,” Martino told reporters during a press conference held at Argentine FA training facilities in Ezeiza.
“The score doesn’t matter. This will be our first trip with the players. We want to hear their concerns, we want to transmit our message and generate good dialogue,” he insisted.
Argentina will play Germany in Düsseldorf on Wednesday, in the first match of the national team after the Teutons 1-0 win in the Brazil World Cup final match.
The former Barcelona coach said he will keep every “good aspect” of former Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella, who decided to step down after the World Cup defeat.
“I was impressed by how the whole team could commit to one idea and how it adapted to new situations. We will maintain that spirit and build on that,” Martino said.
The new coach added he got in touch with Lionel Messi, whom he coached in Barcelona, after his debut in the Spanish league and thought he was “much focused”.
“I spoke with Mascherano as well and told him I need him more as a midfielder than a central defender.”
Martino said he summoned the same players that played the World Cup as it “they made the most merit to be in the team”, but “everyone has a chance.”
“This is just the start. Everyone should be hopeful as everyone has a chance to get into the team. I also consider building something with local club teams,” he explained.
Martino has signed a contract that binds him with the Albiceleste until after the South American qualifiers to the Russian World Cup 2018. In case the team qualifies, his contract gets automatically renewed for the tournament.