Thursday 23 November 2017

Diego still at guess work

As the Argentina media circus got under way in South Africa last night, coach Diego Maradona did little to dispel the uncertainty surrounding his team selection since they bunkered up at their World Cup base.

Maradona and captain Javier Mascherano reassured fans that the squad were in good spirits and all 23 players were vying for a place in the team to face Nigeria in their Group B opener in Johannesburg on June 12.

But Maradona's supposed certainties about having found his team and tactics when Argentina beat Germany 1-0 in a March 3 warm-up in Munich no longer appear to be absolutes.

"I have 23 wildcats prepared to leave their skins on the pitch. With each training session it gets harder to decide," Maradona told a news conference at the squad's University of Pretoria base

The less-experienced players were making "a very big leap in quality", while the veterans were "in optimum shape", he added.

Irish Independent

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