Batistuta bemoans 'lack of talent' in Argentina

The former Fiorentina ace believes that there is now too much pressure on top-flight clubs and, as a result, they are unwilling to afford any game time to promising youngsters
Gabriel Batistuta believes that there is a glaring lack of talent within Argentine football at the moment because of the prevalent preoccupation with results in the country's Primera Division.

The former Argentina international feels that so great is the pressure now being placed upon sides in the top flight that they are no longer willing to blood promising youngsters.

Consequently, Batistuta believes that "Argentine football is lacking talent", claiming that there are only one or two clubs who are willing to take risks on unproven players.

The 43-year-old South American, who is currently working as technical director of Colon, admitted that environment at Boca Juniors is particularly pressurised but argued that it has ever been thus for the Buenos Aires outfit.

"It is a club to discuss separately," he mused to reporters. "They live in another reality, always living for today, never planning for two or three years down the line.

"In Boca there is no time either for the coach or the players. Its history has been built on victories and the people are always asking for more victories."

As for another of his former clubs, River Plate, Batistuta added: "They are a case like Boca, even tough they're now in the Primera B Nacional.

"That was something unexpected but they will surely be coming back up very soon."

Batistuta, who lined up for Fiorentina, Roma and Inter during his time in Serie A, netted 56 goals in 78 games for Argentina.

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