Argentina legend Diego Maradona, the hero of the nation’s 1986 World Cup triumph, stated that he has doubts regarding whether the two times world champions would make it past the group stage in the showpiece event that kicks off in June.
Argentina have been drawn against Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia in the Group D of the coming World Cup in Russia. According to Maradona, none of these matches would be easy for the Albiceleste.
‘’I have many doubts, many doubts. Hopefully it goes well already in the first round. It’s Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia, and it’s not easy, it’s not easy,’’ Maradona said in an interview with Arab news outlet Abu Dhabi Sport.
Maradona felt that the Argentina team does not have a true leader and felt that the country are risking their illustrious history. In short, he suggested that he fears that the Albiceleste might embarrass themselves at the world’s biggest stage.
‘’With a team that has no experience, that has no leader, that has no game plan … It seems to me that we are risking a lot of prestige, that we win, and that we are throwing it away,” Maradona said.
Maradona, who joined as chairman of a Belarus club Dynamo Brest, after stepping down as coach of United Arab Emirates second division club Al-Fujairah last month, is not considered as a great tactician himself. However, he did not hesitate to criticize the tactics of Jorge Sampaoli and said it was ridiculous.
”I got news from Argentina that he wants to play 2-3-3-2. It’s ridiculous, it was played in 1930.”