The Italian says the Argentine was left out of the Supercopa defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid due to a "technical decision"
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The Argentine was left out of the European champion's matchday squad for the trip to the Vicente Calderon, where Diego Simeone's side won 1-0 to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory.
However, the former Chelsea and AC Milan coach believes that the ex-Benfica winger would not have been able to make a difference.
"It was a technical decision that we did not need Di Maria," he told reporters after the game. "In the second half we lost control of the game. We needed more possession like in the first half of the game. Afterward, we gave more opportunities to Atletico.
"We haven't spoken about winning six titles. We've spoken about being the best candidate for titles, but not about winning six," he said. "We didn't play well this game, but it's better to lose this match than [the Champions League final] in Lisbon."