World Cup 2014: Messi's brilliance and Sabella's pragmatism is a potent blend for Argentina

Argentina are blessed with attacking riches led, of course, by Lionel Messi

Few international teams can rival Argentina's for attacking talent and the usually cautious coach Alejandro Sabella looks to have found a way of harnessing the world-class forwards at his disposal as the Albiceleste bid for World Cup glory 

"It's 20 years since Argentina's last major title - a dreadful record given the players they have produced in that time and their five victories in seven World Under-20 tournaments from 1995 - but by giving up on the romance and trusting in the combination of Messi's brilliance and Sabella's pragmatism probably have them better placed than they've been at least since Jose Pekerman's side went to Germany in 2006."

Jonathan Wilson


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