Sabella Backs Up Messi Criticism

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has stated that superstar Lionel Messi was right to criticise his tactics in the opening group match against Bosnia. Despite having enjoyed a lot of success with the 4-3-3 formation in the last few months, Sabella decided to go with five defenders for the opening match of the World Cup 2014. This did not seem right as Argentina struggled to cope with the pressure of Bosnia in the first half. Superstar Lionel Messi was also unable to create much in the first 45 minutes.

It is understood that he questioned the tactics during the half-time break. Sabella responded by switching to the 4-3-3 formation. In turn, Messi scored the winning goal that put Argentina in a strong position. They will be taking on Iran in the next match with Messi once again dominate proceedings. It is a widely known fact that Messi feels extremely comfortable in the 4-3-3 formation with a right full-back lapping him constantly. This will not be a problem with Manchester City right back Pablo Zabaleta being one of the best in business.

Sabella says that Messi did not use harsh words in order to get his points across and it was a constructive argument between the coach and the player. He has welcomed more such feedback from the 27-year-old in the future.

“I was not hurt by Leo's comment and he has said that before. He likes to play 4-3-3 with (Angel) Di Maria up front. He was asked how he likes to play and he answered what he thinks in a respectful way. We respect each other, we have a very strong team spirit. It is good to have an open dialogue with my players. Sometimes players learn from us the coaches and sometimes we learn from them,” said Sabella about Messi’s comments.