Join me at 20.00 UK (21.00 CET) for our final World Cup live chat. Please send your questions via social media using the hashtag #AskMilito
July 18 2014 8:22 PM
Hi guys! Diego Milito back with you for another live chat. Great to be here again. Send in your questions and I’ll answer as many as I can over the next hour.
July 18 2014 8:30 PM
Get in touch on Twitter and tweet your questions with the hashtag #AskMilito
July 18 2014 8:31 PM
First question comes from Luciano: What’s your overall impression of Argentina in the World Cup?
Diego Milito: I think overall it’s very positive because Argentina achieved something they hadn’t managed in 24 years by getting to the final. Argentina had a very good World Cup and got better as the tournament went on. In the end they were only beaten in extra-time by a great team in Germany. We could have won the cup, but the balance is very positive.
July 18 2014 8:35 PM
Next question comes from David: Who is better – Messi or Ronaldo?
Diego Milito: It’s difficult, because we’re talking about two great players, but I think Messi is a step above Ronaldo.
July 18 2014 8:37 PM
This one from Showmick Kryotome: Do you think Argentina can win the next World Cup and if so, what needs to change for that to happen?
Diego Milito: Argentina will always have a good chance because they are a force and they have great players. Almost all of the players that were in Brazil will be there, they’ll have more experience and that leads you to think that they can fulfill the dream that we all have: to become world champions. I think the base is there. If we continue on the same track that led us to the final this time, we’ll have a good chance of winning the title in Russia 2018. We’ll have to see how things are in four years. There will also be players who can come through and add to the strong base that’s there already.
July 18 2014 8:42 PM
From @TheRealMahoney: Who was the best striker at the World Cup and who is the best in the world at the moment?
Diego Milito: I really liked how Robben played at the World Cup. He was decisive in almost all of the games that Netherlands played, just like James Rodriguez for Colombia. The best player? It would have to be between Messi and Muller. They were key for Argentina and Germany, respectively. And the best in the world? Messi. For me he’s the most decisive and the most complete. He’s still the player that makes the biggest difference.
July 18 2014 8:46 PM
Next one from ‘Diego Messi’: Is Messi the greatest Argentine player in history?
Diego Milito: It’s surely between Leo and Maradona. It’s difficult to choose one over the other because they are different eras. But those two are the best and I believe Messi is up there at the level Maradona was at.
July 18 2014 8:48 PM
Next question: Did Messi deserve to win the Golden Ball for the World Cup’s best player?
Diego Milito: As I said before, it was between him and Messi for the best player. They both reached the final and were vital for their teams. The choice was a good one, although Muller could also have won it and he ended up as a winner as well.
July 18 2014 8:53 PM
From Yamar: How did it feel to score those decisive goals for Inter in the treble-winning team of 2010?
Diego Milito: Emotional, joy, satisfaction. It’s difficult to express in words what one feels at that moment, but they are unique moments one dreams about as a child.
July 18 2014 8:55 PM
Another one about Italy: What effect will Conte’s Juve exit have on the Serie A race next season?
Diego Milito: A big effect. Conte has been key to the last three titles Juventus have won and the players will be affected by his exit. He gave the club a style of play and a winning mentality that the players transmitted on the pitch.
July 18 2014 8:57 PM
Speaking of coaches, should Sabella continue with Argentina?
Diego Milito: I hope he does because I believe in long-term projects. Sabella has shown he is capable of coaching Argentina and he formed a great base which could carry on until the next World Cup. Let’s hope he can carry on his work, which has been very good.
July 18 2014 8:59 PM
From Paul Prognosticator: Is Diego Simeone a good option to be Argentina’s next coach?
Diego Milito: Sooner or later, ‘el Cholo’ will be coach of Argentina. I don’t think that moment is now and as I said previously, it would be good if Sabella stayed on. Simeone is doing well where he is, but I have no doubt he will be Argentina coach some time in future.
July 18 2014 9:03 PM
One from Alan: Do you think Mauro Icardi has a future for Argentina or will his controversial private life get in the way?
Diego Milito: That will depend exclusively upon him. He has great potential. He has the qualities needed to be able to play for Argentina, but it will depend what he does on the pitch. His private life is his and it’s difficult to have an opinion on that, but the most important thing will be how he performs on the pitch.
July 18 2014 9:07 PM
A question from @NahuelDerico in Argentina: How do you see this new chapter in your career at Racing? Can the club fight for the title?
Diego Milito: The idea is to be protagonists. Let’s hope we can fight for titles. That’s the idea. We know the last two championships were complicated, but the idea is to be protagonists this time and fight at the top.
July 18 2014 9:12 PM
From @tongas10 in Argentina: Which number will you wear at Racing and which coaches have made the biggest impression on your career?
Diego Milito: First of all, I’ll wear the number 22 and I’m grateful to Luciano Aued, who gave it up for me. That was a great gesture. In terms of the coaches, I would say that I have learned something from all of them, but if I had to choose two, they would be Bielsa and Mourinho. Marcelo because he is a coach who added so many things to my game in the early part of my career. He improved me a lot and taught me so much. And Mourinho because of how he manages the group and because he’s a coach who takes a lot of pressure off the players and absorbs it himself. He is a real winner.
July 18 2014 9:19 PM
From @EzeBarraza: Thanks so much Diego for returning to Racing. All the best to you. How do you think the team can do in the championship?
Diego Milito: Thanks very much, Eze. People have shown me so much affection and it means a lot. I’m excited about repaying that affection. Racing are a team in growth. We have to have patient because it’s virtually a new team, so it will take time to get used to the coach’s ideas, but we’re working and training well and we’re confident things will go well.
July 18 2014 9:34 PM
Last question: How do you see Argentine football now? Do you think the level of the local league has dipped and how do you expect to find it now you’re back?
Diego Milito: I believe Argentine football remains very competitive. Although it’s true the level has dropped somewhat, our football has always had difficulties. Now the smaller clubs can compete for the championship and it’s not so centralised among the big teams as it used to be. I imagine there is even more pressure today than before, when I left. That sometimes means coaches take less risks, so let’s hope that tendency chances and we’ll see more attacking styles. There are plenty of young coaches, like Almiron, Cocca, Gallardo, Guillermo at Lanus, who believe in attacking football.
July 18 2014 9:41 PM
Diego Milito: That’s all from today’s chat. I have enjoyed answering your questions. Thanks a lot for participating and a big hug to you all! Until next time.