Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Argentina's head coach Alejandro Sabella walks in the pitch during an official training session at Vasco da Gama Stadium a day before the World Cup soccer final between Germany and Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
World Cup: Argentina needs perfect game against Germany, coach says
First Published Jul 12 2014 08:25 pm • Last Updated Jul 12 2014 11:48 pm

Rio de Janeiro • Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella is looking for perfection against Germany in Sunday’s World Cup final.

Describing the Germans as "very powerful" physically, mentally and tactically, Sabella said Saturday that there’s no room for error.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"We must play a perfect game," Sabella said.

Elborating on how to accomplish that, the 59-year-old coach turned poetic for a moment.

"We will give everything we’ve got," Sabella said. "Through humility, sacrifice, hard work, simplicity. By giving instead of taking, by forgiving instead of complaining."

The Argentines lost one of their key players in the quarterfinals when Angel Di Maria limped off after straining his right thigh. Sabella said the Real Madrid winger’s condition was improving, but it was unclear whether he would be ready for the final.

"Today is a key day to assess his evolution," Sabella said. "After practice I will have a better overview."

Argentina last played in a World Cup final in 1990, when it lost to West Germany. Four years earlier, Argentina had become world champion for the second time, also in a final against the Germans.

Sabella said there are "parallels to a certain degree" between this World Cup and that of 1986, including the fact that the team to a large extent depends on a star player. Then it was Diego Maradona, now it is Lionel Messi, who has scored four goals in the tournament.

"Let’s hope the result is the same," Sabella said.


story continues below
story continues below

Argentina has been trying to regain energy after its shootout win over the Netherlands on Wednesday, knowing Germany had one more day to recuperate after beating Brazil 7-1 on Tuesday.

Sabella dismissed a question about whether he would step down as Argentina coach after the match, saying the issue was "irrelevant" and that he was only thinking about the final.

Sabella’s spokesman, Eugenio Lopez, told Buenos Aires radio La Red on Friday that he thought Sabella would step down after the World Cup.

"I haven’t talked to anyone," Sabella said of his future, "not even my family."



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.