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SPORTS | 19-01-2019 09:10

Menotti returns to take the reins of Argentine national teams as Maradona rejoices

Argentina have hired former World Cup winning coach César Luis Menotti as director of their national teams, the country’s football association (AFA) announced this week.

“My commitment stems from loyalty with our leadership and one objective: to recover the essence and DNA of Argentine football,” wrote Menotti in his weekly column in Catalan sports daily Sport. Menotti, who led the Argentine national team to World Cup glory in 1978, will follow in the footsteps of Carlos Bilardo, who coached Diego Armando Maradona in 1986 when the albiceleste also raised the trophy.

“It brings me great joy that El Flaco Menotti is back in charge of AFA,” Maradona wrote in his official Facebook page, “Tapia finally noticed,” he added, referring to the questioned president of Argentine football, Claudio “Chiqui” Tapia.

Speaking about Menotti’s role, Tapia confirmed the former World Cup winner’s consent with the decision to keep interim manager Lionel Scaloni leading the men’s national team. The intention is to “recover the identity and value of putting on the Argentine jersey,” Tapia said in a radio interview.

“The DNA of an Argentine player is based on a wonderful relationship with the ball,” Menotti explained, “we have the technique of a Brazilian player with the character of an Uruguayan, which creates a special type of player.” About his project, El Flaco made it clear the national team needs to “no longer put success ahead of the work and time needed to achieve it.”

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