Edgardo Bauza the new Argentina head coach has decided that his first task will be to bring Lionel Messi out of retirement and straight back into training. Which will be keep when he decides his team for the World Cup qualifiers next month. He replaces Gerardo Martino, who resigned after taking Argentina to two sucessive Copa America finals, which ended in two penalty shootout defeats for the Argentines which led Messi retiring.
‘I want to explain to Messi what my (tactical) idea is. The least of my worries is his position on the pitch,’ said Bauza, and went on to explain his plan, ‘There’s no need to convince Messi of anything, the plan is to talk about football.’ Before accepting the footballing responsibility and the hopes of 41.45 million people on his shoulders, Edgardo was the manager of Sao Paulo for eight months, and has said that he manages decisions and changes that need to be made if Argentina want to win and do nothing else but win.
‘There isn’t much time. My first squad won’t have many changes but I want to talk with five or six of the leading players,’ Bauza said, reffering to Di Maria, Higuain and the retired Mascherano, and also Carlos Tevez, who was overlooked by the previous coach since the last World Cup qualifier against Paraguay, last October.
Argentina are number 3 on the 10 nation South American WorldA�Cup qualifying group, with just 11 points from six matches, but are only two points behind Uruguay and surprise leaders Ecuador, with only the top 4 teams going straight through, while the 5th place team plays in a playoff for another berth.