This team is better than 1986 champions: Maradona

Diego Maradona has fired another salvo. With less than a week to go to the World Cup kick-off in South Africa, the Argentine manager ruffled feathers by insisting his current squad is better than the one he captained to victory in the Mexican World Cup in 1986.

“I have no hesitation in saying that the team has better quality than what we had in Mexico,” the left-footed genius who almost single-handedly carried Argentina to victory in Mexico, told The Times of India in a candid interview.

“I do not want to hurt any of my world champion teammates,” he added. “They were there to celebrate the win and played their part to perfection.

Those 30 days were the best in my life as well as of everybody in that squad. At the same time, as I have the experience of working with extremely talented footballers of this generation, I have no doubt that this team is better in quality,” he said, pressing the point home. “We do have Lio (Messi), but we have some very good footballers to support him as well,” said Maradona.

Controversially appointed manager in 2008, Maradona led Argentina through a poor qualification campaign – almost facing elimination at one stage.

They kick off against Nigeria onJune 12 in Johannesburg Ellis Park Stadium.

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