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Argentina: 'Today I felt I was in heaven' - Maradona on coaching debut

Argentina, La Plata
September 09, 2019 at 01:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Former Argentinean football legend Diego Maradona held a press conference in the city of La Plata on Sunday, after making his debut as new head coach of team Gimnasia and Esgrima La Plata.

The recently designated head coach was seen walking with some difficulties because of his recent knee surgery, before taking a seat to talk to the press and show the team's t-shirt with his name on it.

When asked about how he felt today when everyone was chanting his name, he said that "Today I felt I was in heaven," before moving on to topics regarding Lionel Messi's way of playing while he was directing the Argentinean national team and the 1994 doping incident.

Maradona, who is now embarking on his sixth club management role, is expected to help set the Gimnasia and Esgrima La Plata team straight after several loses.

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Former Argentinean football legend Diego Maradona held a press conference in the city of La Plata on Sunday, after making his debut as new head coach of team Gimnasia and Esgrima La Plata.

The recently designated head coach was seen walking with some difficulties because of his recent knee surgery, before taking a seat to talk to the press and show the team's t-shirt with his name on it.

When asked about how he felt today when everyone was chanting his name, he said that "Today I felt I was in heaven," before moving on to topics regarding Lionel Messi's way of playing while he was directing the Argentinean national team and the 1994 doping incident.

Maradona, who is now embarking on his sixth club management role, is expected to help set the Gimnasia and Esgrima La Plata team straight after several loses.

M/S Diego Maradona, Football coach, arriving at press conference, La Plata

C/U Cell phone being used to film Maradona

M/S Maradona showing t-shirt with his name

SOT, Diego Maradona, Football coach (Spanish): "Today I felt I was in heaven. I felt in heaven. When all the stadium was screaming Diego! Diego!, I was talking with her. I can't promise anything, just like I told the guys, I am not a wizard, otherwise with today's welcoming that would be enough."

W/S Maradona at press conference *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Diego Maradona, Football coach (Spanish): "I wanted, I needed, one of my last years in my country."

W/S Maradona at press conference **CUTAWAY*

SOT, Diego Maradona, Football coach (Spanish): "Messi during my World Cup, all the goalkeepers ended up being figures, he hit all the balls to the goalpost and now, every time he gets the ball, he scores."

M/S Maradona at press conference *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Diego Maradona, Football coach (Spanish): "I got the best Messi, and I can say it in front of anyone's face, he would get ahead of five people, the thing was, and I will tell it, the free kicks. We would finish training and we would go practise the kicking, and Leo started kicking, not because I taught him, he started hitting the football goal, and he asked me how I did it to put all my foot on the ball. I told him, it's simple, you hit it in the middle."

W/S Maradona at press conference *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Diego Maradona, Football coach (Spanish): "The 1994 doping is not even believed by a five-year old kid. The problem was that they were not selling a single ticket, and they had to allow Argentina to move forward with the classification and Maradona. When everything was sold, they said, now we can get rid of him."

M/S Maradona leaving press conference

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