Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Maradona atones at the last

As most of you know, Diego Maradona was dismissed as Argentina coach yesterday. But in his final act as manager he atoned of his worst sin as manager: the exclusion of Pablo Zabaleta.

On August 11 Argentina play the Republic of Ireland in a friendly at the new Lansdowne Road (known as the 'Aviva Stadium'.) And while Maradona will not be in charge for that game he has picked the squad for it. The list contains 17 of the World Cup 2010 squad (including Carlos Tévez, of course), and another six: including Emiliano Insúa, former City target Fernando Gago and our very own Zabaleta.

I'd rather Zabaleta had been a regular feature of Maradona's Argentina, of course. But there is something dignified in el Diego realising the error of his ways just before his demise, and atoning for it with his final act. A bit like Ed Harris in The Rock.

Fortunately for Zabaleta the new interim coach is Sergio Batista, who coached him to Gold at the 2008 Olympics.


guleed said...

Jack where is the quote where he says that mate? Or is it simply implied in the fact he picked Zaba for this next squad? I think his biggest mistakes were leaving Cambiasso at home and insisting on playing Higuain ahead of Milito.

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