“Pele should go back to the museum,” Maradona said about recent criticism from the Brazilian great about his coaching ability. “We all know what the French are like and Platini as a Frenchman thinks he knows it all,” Maradona added after the Uefa president said Maradona was not a good coach as a player.
“I feel capable of passing on to the players what I experienced as a footballer,” he told a news conference.
“I want to be (the world) champion and I have Messi, backed by a great team,” Maradona said, adding that no other player in the tournament so far had come “within 40 percent” of Messi.
“We have spectacular players who are not playing but who are behind, waiting for their chance,” he said of Argentina’s strength in depth.
Maradona dominated the 1986 finals which Argentina won in Mexico like no other single player has done before or since at the World Cup, and Argentines hope for a repeat from Messi.
Argentina face South Korea, the country they beat in their opening match in Mexico 24 years ago, at Soccer City today. – Reuters