All the soundbites from Dublin and Buenos Aires, as Angel Di Maria's goal helps exorcise the ghosts of South Africa and Maradona...
"These are players that have come from a massive blow and they gave everything in the stadium playing the kind of football that pleases me. They wanted to play decent football and they had control of the ball- they understood my message straight away, these are very talented players."
"We had a very good first half, that I would rate as 8 out of 10. And in the second what happened was logical for the fatigue they had. The players looked happy after the game, I enjoyed what I saw- and the fact that we won I enjoyed more than anything."
What The Players Say:
"Every one mourns in their own way. What most interests me, my greatest desire is that all the fighting stops. For the good of everyone and for the good of Argentine football."
"After such a massive pain like being eliminated from the World Cup, winning again makes you feel more relaxed again. The most positive thing was that every player wanted to come and play here today. Every one of us give our all in every game and this paid off in the short time when we were forced to work today."
What The Press Says:
Clarin: “Argentina controlled Ireland well and won in Dublin”
(Argentina) triumphed 1-0 with a first half goal from Di Maria in an offside position. It was the coaching debut of Batista and the first game after the World Cup. La Seleccion dominated the game, although they had few clear chances.
Batista’s first game in charge of La Seleccion generated the usual expectations at the start of any new cycle, despite the fact that El Checho assumed command on an interim basis. This combined with the anxiety in seeing the performance in seeing such a similar team to that which painfully left the World Cup 39 days ago against Germany. This version did not look too different from the outfit under Maradona’s reign, even if this friendly victory covered some of the previous defects.
Ole: “El Checho has his Angel”
In the first World Cup game, without Maradona and with Batista on the bench. The goal came from Di Maria after Romero’s long ball which was received in an offside position. Something is getting started…
La Nacion: “A Success for the future: Argentina won in the middle of their tortuous reconstruction
In Dublin they defeated Ireland 1-0, with a goal from Di Maria in an offside position, in Sergio Batista’s interim debut and in their first post-World Cup game. La Seleccion deserved the triumph and showed a formation with a much better manned midfield”.
Cronica: “An Electric Angel”
La Selección defeated Ireland 1-0 with Di Maria’s goal. In Checho Batista’s first game as coach, Argentina looked much more solid and ready to chase the game down.