Related

Article

Sabella: World Cup is ´very equal´

25 June 2014 01:10

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella expected the FIFA World Cup to continue to be unpredictable.

Reigning world and European champions Spain, Italy and England have made surprise group-stage exits in Brazil and Portugal look almost certain to join them.

Sabella, whose side have booked their last-16 place ahead of a clash with Nigeria on Wednesday, said it would be a tough World Cup to win.

He pointed to inconsistencies already seen in performances by his team, Germany and Italy.

"It is very equal. You have a Germany that thrashed (Portugal 4-0), but then draws (2-2 with Ghana). Italy that wins to England, but then loses (1-0 to Costa Rica)," Sabella said.

"It is a very difficult World Cup, it is played in a country that is nearly a sub-continent, with great distances, with great climatic changes, so I believe that the physical and tactical part will be very important.

"It is very important to have a squad with good substitutes so you can keep up the competition rhythm."

Sabella said he was delighted to be able to give his players a day off and allow them to enjoy their time away from the game.

"I am happy because the players could spend a day with their family, putting aside for a while the pressure and the responsibility," he said.

"I think it was a very pretty day, they enjoyed it a lot, and it was an emotion for me, seeing all of them with their families. It was a very pleasant afternoon."

Sponsored links

Saturday 10 December

Friday 9 December

23:44
23:30
23:30
22:13
20:27
20:24
19:50
19:37
19:31
19:29
19:01
18:20
17:36
17:34
17:20
17:06
16:38
16:35
16:27
16:27
16:13
16:03
15:58
15:33
15:23
15:22
14:59
14:53
14:45
14:39
14:32
14:07
13:57
13:51
13:17
12:53
12:37
12:16
12:14
12:13
11:21
10:57
10:06
09:33
08:57
06:11
05:48
04:42
04:27
03:57
02:46
02:21
01:38
00:16
00:05

Thursday 8 December

23:50
23:22
23:15
22:00
21:41
21:31
21:02
20:41
18:50
18:10
17:58
16:44
16:13
15:54
15:08
14:43
14:28
13:39
13:31
13:18
13:05
11:44
11:29
11:03
09:50
09:34
09:20
09:00
06:20
05:37
04:46
03:33
02:46
02:18
02:06
01:23
00:42
00:38
00:13
00:09
00:04
00:00

Facebook