Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona comparisons are unavoidable in Argentina and not even the national team head coach can escape it.
Lionel Scaloni has said, though, that he would take his current star over the 1986 World Cup winner.
Scaloni would take Messi over Maradona
Speaking in an interview on ‘El Partidazo’ on Cadena COPE, the coach talked about his time in charge of Argentina and revealed his preference for Messi over Maradona.
« If I have to pick one [of Messi and Maradona], I’ll take Leo, as I have something special with him, » said Scaloni.
« He’s the best of all time, although Maradona was fantastic as well.
« Coaching Messi isn’t difficult. Technically, you cannot correct him, but you can with certain situations relating to pressing or you can explain an attacking method to him.
« In terms or pressing, winning the ball and when the heat is on, he’s number one. »
Scaloni reflects on the criticism of his appointment
Scaloni‘s name will forever be written into Argentine football folklore thanks to the triumph at Qatar 2022 and he’s made a few critics eat their words.
« It’s natural for a journalist to say ‘what has Scaloni done to be on the national team bench?' » conceded the coach.
« I’m not having a go and I’m not bitter.
« At the time, that’s how it was, I was getting started and I was doing so with the Argentine national team. »
The World Cup was like a ‘movie’
Little time has passed since Argentina‘s success in Qatar, but Scaloni knows how much it means. He hasn’t watched the final back though, not yet anyway.
« The World Cup was a movie and an incredible journey, » said Scaloni.
« The key to the whole tournament was having enjoyed it, knowing how difficult it was and that any team could win it. »
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