Pele takes aim at Maradona

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:24 PM ET

PORT ELIZABETH - For a so-called antiquated artifact, Pele certainly is still alive and kicking.

And he continues to target Argentine coach Diego Maradona, rekindling a feud that has been boiling for weeks. Told recently by Maradona to go back to "the museum," Pele has responded by ridiculing the Argentine's coaching methods.

"He is not a good coach, because he had a bizarre lifestyle which cannot go down well with his team," Pele told German magazine 11Freunde.

The comments from the Brazilian legend come just in time for Saturday's titanic quarterfinal matchup between Germany and Argentina at Cape Town's Green Point Stadium.

Pele has been critical of Maradona in the past, claiming he only took the Argentina job for the money. Now he is suggesting that Maradona's roller-coaster personal life affects his ability to be a successful manager.

To that end, Pele expects some tough slogging for the Argentines against the Germans.

"This young German team is a pleasure to watch," Pele told the magazine. "It is clear to see that something has changed in German football.It was already beginning to happen at Euro 2008 (where they finished as runners-up to Spain).

"The youngsters Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller, they are like their predecessors Wolfgang Overath and Pierre Littbarski. They can dribble, deliver pinpoint passes, and produce something surprising at any moment."

Ozil missed practice with a maintenance day Thursday while striker Lukas Podolski rested a minor muscle ailment. Both are expected to play Saturday.

mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca


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