FIFA World Cup: Argentina Coach Denies Rift With Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi feels Argentina can benefit from a 4-3-3 formation. Coach Alejandro Sabella used a 5-3-2 system against Bosnia-Herzegovina and says there is no difference of opinions in his camp.

updated: June 21, 2014 15:38 IST
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Opposites attract? Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, kicks a ball as head coach Alejandro Sabella, left, walks by him during a training session in Vespasiano, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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Belo Horizonte: Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has played down rumours of a rift with Lionel Messi ahead of Saturday's World Cup Group F clash against Iran.

The forward told media during the week that he preferred a 4-3-3 formation to the 5-3-2 system used by Sabella early in the Albiceleste's 2-1 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina last Sunday, reported Xinhua.

But Sabella insisted Messi had been "respectful" and that his players were free to express their opinion. (Also read: Messi urges Argentina to attack Iran)

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