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Martino prepares for Argentina debut: It is a huge challenge

Martino addresses reporters in today''s press conference. Photo: Télam
Just one day before beginning his reign as Argentina coach with a friendly against Germany, Gerardo Martino admitted that he faced a huge challenge with the nation and that he held a great responsibility at the helm of the World Cup finalists.

Martino, who previously directed Spanish giants Barcelona, will appear on the Albiceleste bench for the first time since taking over from Alejandro Sabella, in a replay of the Brazil 2014 final to be played in the German city of Dusseldorf.

"Obviously the challenge is a huge one," he told reporters in today's press conference.

"What has most changed for me is the responsibility, the pressure that directing a team that represents an entire nation implies, and pushing yourself to coach a great side that has just reached the final of a World Cup."

Looking forward to tomorrow's test, in which the new coach will be without injured Lionel Messi, Martino declined to revealed his starting XI but hinted that he would favour a 4-3-3 formation with the emphasis on controlling the game.

"There are no definites regarding the playing style. But right now we are at the start of a process and we have to be strong in that scheme," he explained.

The trainer continued by asserting that his experience with Paraguay, whom he took to the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals and the final of the 2011 Copa America, would help him settle into his new post with Argentina.

"Obviously there are a lot of things that we are aware of. We learned to live with many different situations. We know how to move, where to demand more in one area or the other. They are much more natural things for me," he stated.

Argentina will take on Germany tomorrow at 15.45 local time (20.45 Central European Time).
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