Sports World Cup: We are winners already- Argentina coach

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has expressed satisfaction that they were able to qualify for the semifinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

Sabella believes that the four teams who made it to the last four are all worthy winners.

“Our intention was to go as far as possible, and to try to get in among the best four teams,” the Argentine boss told

“Having reached this stage, we will never settle for losing now, but for me this group of players have already won.

"We have already crossed the threshold, but now we will try to go a bit further and take another small step forward.”

The Albiceleste will be without star winger Angel di Maria who will miss the encounter due to a thigh injury – a major blow for Sabella’s men.

"I always said Di Maria was extremely important,” said the coach.

“He brings balance to the side, can perform various different jobs and associates well with (Lionel) Messi.

"He has won the Champions League and all of Europe wants him in their side.”

Sabella also had some choice words for Louis van Gaal ahead of the pair’s meeting in Sao Paolo.

"They [The Netherlands] have a brilliant coach,” Sabella said.

“He has shown throughout his career that he is capable of changing his team's tactical set-up.

"He is a very intelligent person."
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