The legendary César Luis MENOTTI spoke to El Larguero in Argentina and gave his thoughts on the situation going on with the National Team.
Always one of my favorites to listen to, here’s what the World Cup winning coach had to say:
“This orchestra (Argentina) doesn’t know what it has to play. Either they don’t know or they haven’t understood. Argentina is a squad filled with great solo acts, but they can’t play together. The team does not have a vision and their commitment still hasn’t been seen.”
“MESSI has sustained an Argentina team that doesn’t play well. Without him, I am not sure they qualify for the World Cup. The journalism in Argentina say MESSI is God when they win and he’s the worst when they lose. Journalists make MESSI the only reason for Argentina either winning or losing. Without MESSI, Argentina would not have gotten out of the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil.”
On if the National Team is MESSI’s “clan”:
“It’s a lie. If that were true, the responsibility would fall to the coach. I don’t think MESSI calls the shots. If he’s closer to AGUERO than with others, I don’t know, but that happens in every team.”
“It’s the coach’s fault. It’s like a violinist that wants to play his solo when he feels like it. You get him off and replace him. BAUZA is just learning. He’s getting players a day before the game and he has to manage who is in better form.”