Maradona finds answers after Haiti victory

Maradona finds answers after Haiti victory

Maradona is due to name his provisional 30-man squad on Monday. The definitive squad of 23 must be named by June 1 for the finals in South Africa starting on June 11. "The lads understood the message very well, they had attitude, created chances, I liked several players very much, now we have to sit down and think about it," Maradona said in a touchline interview with ‘TyC Sports’ after the final whistle.

"The truth is I was looking for people (to fill World Cup gaps) and I think I found some," he added, without wanting to elaborate. "I had doubts about some positions and this match was very useful... no-one has their place assured."

Maradona admitted that he faced a difficult selection task over the weekend before handing his provisional 30-man squad to FIFA on Monday.

"I'm going to have one of the hottest weekends, it's going to be tough because I'm going to have to look, make calls to people I have in Europe, decide on players and start to create the list of 30," he said.
At the South Africa finals starting on June 11, Argentina face Nigeria, South Korea and Greece in Group B.

Maradona has called up more than 100 players in his 18 months in charge, many of whom were locally based and never got on the pitch. Ultimately, though, it is Argentina's leading European exiles who are almost certainly going to make up the bulk of his World Cup 23.
Boca Juniors striker Martin Palermo, a near certainty to go to the finals, stole between the centre backs of the weak Haitian opposition to head the second goal on Wednesday from point blank range off an exquisite chipped cross by right back Ariel Garce just before halftime.
The proceeds of the match will go towards Haiti earthquake relief.

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