New coach Sabella brings hope to Argentina

AP, Thursday 6 Oct 2011

There’s another new coach in Argentina and a whiff of hope that Alejandro Sabella has a plan to mold a real team around Lionel Messi, who has shown he can’t win the World Cup by himself

Alejandro Sabella

Sabella’s first serious test comes Friday when Argentina faces Chile in one of four World Cup qualifiers across South America, opening a two-year qualifying process that the Gauchos almost didn’t get through under Diego Maradona in the run-up to South Africa in 2010.

In other matches on Friday, it’s Uruguay against Bolivia, Peru playing Paraguay and Ecuador facing Venezuela. Brazil advances automatically as the 2014 host nation.

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