Chile Coach Marcelo Bielsa Happy To Be Back In The World Cup

'El Loco' talks about how he has changed since 2002, while also commenting on his beloved, native Argentina.
Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa has spoken of returning to World Cup action, eight years after a disastrous campaign with Argentina in Japan and South Korea.

'El Loco' was in a playful mood as journalists asked him if this year felt different for him, in a press conference held at Chile's Nelspruit training base.

"I am worse, haha! Seriously I don't believe that there are differences. Maybe that I feel a bit older. Eight years have passed," the trainer jested after earlier meeting with former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.

The coach's last World Cup excursion had been with a much fancied Argentina team in 2002. But, riven with internal dissent and rivalries, the star-studded squad crashed out in the first round, suffering a painful defeat to rivals England on the way.

Bielsa also spoke of his native Argentina, and that he still keeps a great affection for Diego Maradona's team.

"I am Argentine, that is how I feel. I belong to my country, I am nostalgic," the coach told reporters, before evaluating the Albiceleste opener against Nigeria.

"Argentina's play seemed capable of great attacking potency. The team brought a very pleasing style of play to the field, although they didn't have the defiition of play that one expects. Even so it appeared to me a balanced side."

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