The Hand of God is slapping Maradona in the face but somehow he cannot wake up.
In his 23 matches in charge, his teams drew 12 matches, lost eight and won just three.
Diego currently refuses to step down as Argentina have still got to play Uruguay away and Peru at home.
The table looks like this:
The top 4 teams qualify for the World Cup. If Argentina finish 5th they would have to play a 2-leg play-off against the 4th placed finisher from CONCACAF(Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football)
On top of that Juan Sebastian Veron was off for two bookable offenses. Will Maradona even dare to recall Riquelme?
“Riquelme, I need him in the final 20 metres so he can link with (Carlos) Tevez, (Sergio) Aguero and Lionel Messi and peel off an opponent. I like it when he uses his speed to spray around decisive passes and also get on the scoresheet. If he’s not doing that he is of no use to me.”
Juan Roman Riquelme
“As long as Maradona is coach I will not return to the national side - we are not on the same wavelength.”
“It’s clear we cannot work together.”
“The national side is over for me - I say that very clearly. I learned from the radio that I was not going to play against France. I have principles and they are not those of the coach,”
“It’s a shame to know I will miss the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and I wish the team all the best. If I go things would not be easy and I prefer that someone else goes in my place.”
“I’m tired - I want to live in peace. It’s strange how things are in 2009 with all the criticism after an incredible 2008.”