Argentina to win World Cup says Laureus Academy Member Marcel Desailly

May 16, 2014

Laureus World Sports Academy Member Marcel Desailly, World Cup winner with the great French team of 1998, has given an exclusive interview to, and he reveals that he believes Argentina will emerge victorious this summer.

Marcel Desailly said: “I believe that Argentina will win…  they are an amazing team with all the players that they have – Aguero, Higuaín, di María, Zabaleta, Demichelis.
And he feels this will be possible, even without a certain Lionel Messi being used as the focus of the team.

Watch the video below.

Marcel said: “Messi has a problem because the tactical set-up is not made for him.
“[But] I am sure collectively Argentina will be able, with Messi at top or without Messi at his best, to win the World Cup.”
Turning his attention to the French National team, Marcel said: “Talent is there in the team when you take the players individually. The only problem is collectively.
“France does not perform unless they are scared of getting eliminated. We are not expecting to win the World Cup.  We are just there, hanging, hoping that game after game we can build up a collective motivation.”
Marcel was speaking to as we launch our summer of great football stories and videos from our team of football legends.

Keep visiting and following us on Twitter and Facebook for more new content from Marcel and fellow Laureus football stars including Jens Lehmann, Luis Figo and Bobby Charlton.

And for the full transcript of Marcel’s interview click here

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