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César Luis Menotti
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  Argentine FA’s director of national teams
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Club as Coach Argentine FA [director of national teams]

2011 11 Retrieve

[César Luis Menotti, in an interview] There have been four kings of football - Di Stéfano, Pelé, Cruyff and Maradona - and the fifth has not yet appeared. We are awaiting the fifth, and it is sure to be Messi, but so far he is not among the kings. You can’t give him the crown after five years

2016 10 13 Retrieve

[Argentina’s world cup-winning coach Cesar Luis Menotti on Pele] The best of all was Pele, who is a mixture of Di Stefano, [Diego] Maradona, Cruyff and Leo Messi.

2019 06 22 Retrieve

[Cesar Luis Menotti says Not even Johan Cruyff or Pep Guardiola could turn things around with the current Argentina team] Neither Cruyff nor Guardiola today could turn the history of the Argentine national team. It reflects the present great complexity that Argentina is living through. Scaloni, of course, has to be evaluated, because we are all evaluated every day. It is essential to see the complete development, the complete overview. If we do not do so and we only partially look at it, then we are wrong. This selection had almost no rehearsal, it goes out and plays, and of course it is exposed, without a broad plan of work and without a schedule that all the areas of football respect, especially the [club] leaders. The selection will not recover.

[Menotti elaborated on his criticism of clubs. Menotti says the leaders of Superliga Argentina clubs refused to buy into the AFA’s plans] There was an intention to organise the selection, to train, to get together, to have a group of players training in Argentina. But the leaders did not allow it because of different interests, and that greatly weakens any player and any coach. Argentina has to improvise and there is a political use of criticism, criticising a selection project that will start now, because when I arrived [at the AFA] there was only the president of the AFA, that’s why I am surprised by the opportunist leaders who criticise when the national team loses and they’re never worried. There are leaders who expect Argentina to be eliminated. It is obvious that it’s wrong for the us to rely on them when they did nothing to defend the national team

2020 04 09 Retrieve

[Cesar Luis Menotti claims Neymar has ‘advantage’ over Lautaro as Barcelona weigh up bids] Rumours about Neymar’s possible return and Lautaro’s signing are on the front pages these days and I understand fans are excited. The first thing I would like to say is that Barcelona must continue to strengthen an idea of play that they had with [Johan] Cruyff, up to [Pep] Guardiola and with the coaches who have followed their methodology. In a team that has a ‘mother’ idea and a [clear] functioning, it is much more likely that a great player will adapt. In that sense, we could say that Neymar has an advantage over Lautaro. Either of the two players would strengthen Barca’s play, but the only player who can win games when the team doesn’t deserve it is already there and that’s Messi