Alejandro Sabella was a recognized coach. However, his career with DT’s diver is identified with two great loves. Students from La Plata and the Argentine National Team.
Precisely that last one marked him as one of the most important technicians of recent times. Under his command, the albiceleste was runner-up in the world.
He began taking the first steps after succeeding Sergio Batista in office, in 2011. The debut was on September 2 against Venezuela in Calcutta, with a 1-0 victory. The long road to the final of Brazil 2014 began.
The Qualifiers, always a difficult process for every coach, he drew them in a good way. Argentina finished first with 32 points, beating Colombia by two. Of course, as a point in favor was not Brazil, host of the World Cup.
Until Brazil arrived, where Argentina was one of the favorites. Of course, because Messi was playing. But in addition, the albiceleste had a team of stars from the midfield forward: Higuaín, Agüero, Di María, plus the enormous presence of Mascherano in the midfield.
The team began playing with a very offensive idea, which with the passing of the games the DT changed.
The debut was a 2-1 win over Bosnia, then a narrow 1-0 win over Iran, and a 3-2 final against Nigeria to secure the top spot in the group.
From the round of 16 the coach changed the script: a stronger team was seen in defense: victory 1-0 in overtime against Switzerland, 1-0 victory against Belgium in the quarter-finals and suffering from penalties against the Netherlands , after the 0 to 0 that was not broken, to reach the final.
It seemed that this was the moment. With Messi on the court and a lot of Argentine presence in the stands, tough Germany arrived. Once again the Teutons were executioners. It was not enough with the great proposal of DT or with an Argentina that played a great game.
In overtime came Gotze’s goal and defeat. But the National Team left with their heads held high.
Sabella had proven to be a great coach, she had actually confirmed it, and also a manager who knew a lot about managing a group of stars.
But he no longer had the energy to continue another cycle at the head of the squad, and he resigned despite the fact that the players and the leadership wanted him at the head of the team.
“I’m going calm, because I know we had a great World Cup. The players did a great job and we reached a final after 24 years. Now, I need to rest, ”Pachorra said after saying goodbye.