Alejandro Sabella: 'Lionel Messi is irreplaceable'

Alejandro Sabella admits that Argentina would find it difficult to play without the "irreplaceable" Lionel Messi.

Argentina head coach Alejandro Sabella has claimed that Lionel Messi is "irreplaceable" ahead of this summer's World Cup.

Sabella believes that if the Barcelona forward were unavailable, it would be difficult for the team to come up with a plan to handle his absence.

"The thing is, there are times when Plan B is pretty similar to Plan A, and there are times when it isn't," Sabella told FIFA.com. "That's when you have to adapt.

"We've played a few games without Leo, but the fact is that he's irreplaceable. There's not a club or national team in the world that could play the same with or without Messi.

"We rely on him so much that when he's not there, we notice it. If it did happen, we'd have to see how we'd handle it and look at the match in question."

Argentina are bidding to win their third World Cup when they head to Brazil this summer.

Fernando Gago of Argentina plays the ball during the International friendly football match Romania vs Argentina in Bucharest, Romania on March 5, 2014
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