SABELLA UNDER FIRE

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has come under criticism from Inter Milan for calling up the player who has been injured for more than a month.

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MESSI FACES MILAN

Barcelona are set to face AC Milan yet again in the Champions league after being down with the Italian team in the group stages of the competition.

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Betting on Chelsea

Betting on who will win the Premier League at this stage of preseason is tricky. The big clubs are on their marathon global tours and predicting how those results will go down is impossible. Manchester United have already lost one tour game, a 1-0 result against Singha All Stars, while rivals City lost 2-0 in Pretoria. These results only create uncertainly for predicting who will win the league.

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TEVEZ UNSURE ON ARGENTINA

Former Manchester city striker Carlos Tevez, who recently completed a £ 10 million move to Juventus, has said that he does not see himself playing for Argentina as long as Alejandro Sabella is in charge of the national team.

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BALE IS LIKE MESSI

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has praised Tottenham winger Gareth Bale by saying that he is one of the best in the world. The 23-year-old Welsh winger recently scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 victory for Tottenham over Southampton.

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SABELLA IMPRESSED

Argentina national team manager Alejandro Sabella praised his team after they earned a 1-1 draw against Bolivia in the World Cup qualifying match. Argentina recently managed a 3-0 win over Venezuela that almost put them into the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. As a result, there was less pressure on the team to deliver a result against Bolivia.

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ARGENTINA TAKE ON SWEDEN

Argentina will be taking on Sweden in a friendly match as a preparation ahead of the World Cup qualifying matches that will resume in March. The team has not managed a victory in the last two friendly matches against Saudi Arabia and Brazil.

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MESSI WANTS TEAM PRIZE

The Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has claimed that he would happily swap the number of personal accolades he has received in recent seasons for the ultimate prize for a team – the World Cup.

DRAW NOT GOOD ENOUGH

The Argentina captain Lionel Messi has said that he is extremely dissatisfied with the 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia in a recent friendly match. Argentina came into the match as one of the inform teams in the world due to the recent performances of the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

After years of under performing with the national team, this has been a great year for the 25-year-old. He has scored numerous goals for Argentina in all competitions, but he could not break the deadlock in the recent match against minnows Saudi Arabia. This result means that Argentina will have to end the year on a sour note, which is a shame after having such great performances over the course of the year according to the Argentine.

Alejandro Sabella has made numerous changes to the national team by focusing on the 25-year-old Lionel Messi. This has paid rich dividends because the team has been able to enjoy victories over top teams like Germany and Brazil in a friendly matches, while they are also top of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying group from South America. Messi has said that it feels like they have lifted the game to Saudi Arabia after a poor performance, while they did everything they could to win the match.

"We gifted them the game. It is a pity to end the year like this, after all we have been doing. We did not do the things we had to do, from the beginning of the game. Although we played better afterwards, we did not manage a win," said the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi after the match. Argentina World Cup qualifying campaign will resume in March of next year with the match against Venezuela after which they will be playing the likes of Bolivia and Colombia.

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SABELLA BACKS MESSI

The Argentina national team manager Alejandro Sabella has said that he is extremely happy with the performance of the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for the national team.

After many years of struggling to perform at the national level, despite being one of the best players at club level, Lionel Messi is finally becoming to blossom under the guidance of the manager Alejandro Sabella. He has scored numerous goals for the Argentina national team in the last two years, which have helped them top the World Cup qualification group stages. Argentina are also one of the favourites to lift the World Cup title win the competition is held in Brazil this time around.

The 57-year-old Alejandro Sabella has been able to get the best out of Lionel Messi by changing the formation style of play of the national team in such a way that it reflects Barcelona. At Barcelona, Lionel Messi is the main ingredient whereas all the other players are played in such a way to suit the Argentine superstar. Alejandro Sabella has modified the Argentine national team by making players like Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria focus on providing the supply for Lionel Messi.

“It is difficult for him to play badly. Now he is playing very well and, besides, he is scoring a lot of goals. When you have a player of Messi's quality it is important he is calm, content and happy. It is a group task," said the Argentina manager. "Chile's recent results have not been the best. They are at the stage where they need points. They have a great team and a great coach, who is very demanding, demands that you are switched on and with a lot of focus on scoring. They attack a lot and we will have to be at our best to get a good result," said Sabella before the Chile match.

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