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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