Sabella salutes Argentina attack, but fears for next generation

La Albiceleste boss has lauded the attacking threats at his disposal, while voicing his concerns at the premature blooding of his nation's young pretenders
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has heaped praise on the attacking options at his disposal, but is concerned the current golden generation may not be replaced in years to come.

Talking to football website Mundo Albiceleste, the 57-year-old emphasised his side's strength in depth at the sharp end of the pitch, as they build towards the 2014 World Cup with a friendly against Germany on Wednesday.

"Not to offend anyone on my team, but it is what it is, we are better up front.

"In [Lionel] Messi, we have the best player in the world and we also have [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Angel] Di Maria and [Sergio] Aguero.

"There's no doubt that we are better equipped in attack than in defence. And when I say that, I don't mean to offend anyone on my team, but it is what it is."

But Sabella went on to voice his concerns at the influx of physically adept players at the expense of younger, cultured Argentinians.

"Right now, we don't have players with the same game intelligence of a [Juan Roman] Riquelme, [Pablo] Aimar, [Esteban] Cambiasso, [Andres} D'Alessandro, [Juan Pablo] Sorin or [Juan Sebastian] Veron. Young players these days have less time to mature," he added.