Football legend Diego Maradona and the Argentina team landed in Scotland where the 'albiceleste' will play a friendly game on Wednesday. Argentina is facing a crisis as the team has only won one of its last eight matches.
There have been plentiful highs and lows, including a brush with death in 2004, since Maradona gave a scintillating performance as an 18-year-old in
Whether Maradona, who lifted the World Cup in 1986, can have a positive impact as coach is the question being debated in
"Of course this is a new start. But I'm not looking at it as if I have to show things. I'm here to give my support, my experience to the national team," he said.
Wednesday's game will be closely monitored by the family of football and he will want it to go better than his World Cup debut as a player, a shock defeat for the-then holders against
For the moment, and in the absence of key players Lionel Messi and Juan Roman Riquelme, Maradona just wants some of his aura to rub off on this generation, having been an inspiration behind the scenes for their Olympic gold medal three months ago.
"As long as we've got the ball and we get some respect for the jersey I'll go away very calm," Maradona told reporters upon arrival in
"I'm not asking the lads for more, they've taken some knocks."
Argentina have won only one of their last eight matches and were beaten 1-0 by Chile last month, a World Cup qualifying result that led to Alfio Basile's resignation as coach.
"That's what I'll ask of them, to play for Maradona," added the 48-year-old.
"I'd have liked to have had them but
The match should answer questions about who Maradona views as a playmaker, with Independiente's Daniel Montenegro a possibility, and where he sees Carlos Tevez fitting in, attacking from deep or as a front man.
Maradona comes face to face again with two men who were on the receiving end of two stand-out moments in his career that define the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the Argentine.
Burley's assistant Terry Butcher is a more grudging admirer. He was also on the pitch when Maradona's infamous Hand of God goal helped
Date created : 2008-11-18