Former Argentina striker Diego Milito has urged Alejandro Sabella to stay on as coach of La Albiceleste following the team’s World Cup final disappointment this summer.
Sabella guided Argentina to their first final in 24 years earlier this month where they lost 1-0 to Germany after Mario Gotze’s extra-time strike secured Die Mannschaft’s fourth World Cup triumph.
The 59-year-old admitted after the match at the Maracana that he would only stay on as coach of the national team if he could give 100 per cent of his efforts to the team.
With Sabella’s future in doubt, Milito has admitted that he hopes the coach will continue developing the Argentina team ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
When asked if he wanted Sabella to stay on, Milito said: “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.”
Milito also talked up his nation’s chances of achieving glory at the next World Cup finals in four years, insisting that La Albiceleste have a great opportunity to win because the players are only going to get better.
“Argentina have a good chance [in 2018] because they are a force and they have great players,” he said.
“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 fulfil the dream that we all have - to become world champions.”
He added: “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.”