FIFA World Cup: Argentina Already Winners in Alejandro Sabella's Eyes

Updated: 09 July 2014 08:07 IST

Argentina are preparing to play their first FIFA World Cup semi-final in 24 years, since Diego Maradona's side reached the final in Italy in 1990.

FIFA World Cup: Argentina Already Winners in Alejandro Sabella's Eyes
Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring during the FIFA World Cup match against Iran. © AP

Sao Paulo:

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella sought to take the pressure off his side going into Wednesday's World Cup semifinal against the Netherlands in Sao Paulo, claiming that they had 'already won'. (Netherlands, Argentina Eye Showdown)

"Our intention was to go as far as possible, and to try to get in among the best four teams. Having reached this stage, we will never settle for losing now, but for me this group of players have already won," Sabella said at his eve-of-match press conference at the Corinthians Arena.  (Robben Ready for Argentina)

Argentina are preparing to play their first World Cup semi-final in 24 years, since Diego Maradona's side reached the final in Italy in 1990. (History Hangs Heavy as Netherlands Face Argentina)

Then they lost 1-0 to West Germany in the final, and the Germans lie in wait this time after their stunning 7-1 defeat of Brazil on Tuesday. (Netherlands Await Argentina)

"We have already crossed the rubicon, but now we will try to go a bit further and take another small step forward," Sabella added.

Argentina must get the better of a Dutch side who have impressed on their run to the last four, with coach Louis van Gaal showing himself to be one of the wiliest tacticians in the business, and Sabella was full of praise for his opposite number.  (Brazil Thumped by Germany)

"They have a brilliant coach. He has shown throughout his career that he is capable of changing his team's tactical set-up," said Sabella.

"He is a very intelligent person."



Topics : FIFA World Cup 2014 Argentina Netherlands Football
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