Former Argentina National Team coach Alfio BASILE spoke about Lionel MESSI as well as the Argentina National Team.
Two time Copa America winner Alfio BASILE is one of the more experienced people in Argentine football. He’s coached many teams in Argentina and remains the only person to ever coach both Diego MARADONA and Lionel MESSI. In an interview with La Nacion, here’s what BASILE had to say about Lionel MESSI:
“It looks good to me that there’s a lot of new faces in the Argentina National Team. Now, you can stop breaking MESSI’s balls, leave him alone, no reason to mess with him. That the AFA lose a bit in these friendly matches is necessary, leave him alone in peace.”
About using younger players with the Argentina team:
“That the historical ones (players) don’t appear (in the squad), that they stay with their clubs, that they keep showing off there and they don’t break their balls to play against Guatemala. You have to take advantage of the new kids.”
Alfio BASILE also commented on who he would select to coach the Argentina National Team:
“I would select Cholo (Diego) SIMEONE. He’s a winner with a lot of character. He’s smart, alive. I love him, he made me champion twice at the 1991 and 1993 Copa’s America.”