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.
This was one of the first matches in the World Cup qualifying stage for any South American team due to the fact that it will take place at La Paz. This match is played at more than 3500 feet above sea level.
This has caused several acclimatisation problems for players in the past. It was once again the case with Lionel Messi, as the player vomited on the pitch during the match. Yet, Argentina were able to come away from the match with a 1-1 draw, which brought the praise of the manager Sabella. He has said that he was happy to see his team dominate in all areas of the pitch even in these tough conditions. He has said that the team should not get ahead of themselves by thinking that they have qualified.
Instead, they should be performing at the same level in the forthcoming matches as well. "We dominated the match and were solid in all areas of the pitch. We are now even more optimistic than we were before but we still haven`t qualified. We can`t get ahead of ourselves. It was a great game and our performance in the last 25 minutes alone deserved a win. The group of players who produced this good result will have become stronger," said the manager after the match.
Argentina's next match will be the World Cup qualifying match against Colombia, but it will be only in the first week of June.