Edgardo Bauza was presented to the media on Thursday as the new head coach of Argentine national football team.
The 58-year-old replaces Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who resigned following Argentina’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final in June.
In his first press conference as boss of the Albicelestre Bauza reiterated his desire to talk Lionel Messi out of international retirement but ruled out putting pressure on the Barcelona superstar.
He said: “We need to have a day to talk about football and that talk may lead to the possibility of him being recalled to play the first two matches for the national selection.”
The first two matches Bauza made reference to are his first competitive outings in charge – two 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Argentina, who won the world cup in 1978 and 1986 will face Uruguay on September 1st and then Venezuela five days later.