By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Messi, considered by many as one of the best players of all-time, has not performed as well for Argentina as he has done on the domestic front with the Catalan side. Critics have waded into the debate providing a multitude of reasons and Sabella, who gave the forward the captain's armband last year, was questioned on what needs to be done to get the best out of the player.
But Sabella responded that he prefers to give the Argentinean international free rein and shrugged off concerns that Messi's responsiblities as a captain have made it difficult for him to perform well in the pitch. Sabello does not want to burden the 25-year-old with too many concerns and does not unduly try to communicate with the player during international games.
"The captaincy has not changed him at all. I see him as calm, content and happy," Sabella told reporters in the pre-match press conference ahead of Argentina's friendly match against Germany on Wednesday night.
"He needs to be left alone and to talk to him as little as possible because if he is happy and content, then that is the best thing for everyone."
The national coach also stated that he has not made up his mind whether to employ a star-studded forward line including all three of Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain in the match.
He pointed towards Spain's successful defence of the European Championships as evidence that teams can succeed without having too many forwards in a game.
"It depends on the overall context of the team and not just two or three players," he explained.
"We can play with two or three strikers, but at Barcelona they use just one man up front, while at Spain there was a debate whether [Fernando] Torres or [Cesc] Fabregas should play.
"In the end they played without an outright striker and finished champions of Europe."
Messi scored a hat-trick in La Albiceleste's thrilling 4-3 win over arch-rivals Brazil in a friendly back in June and is fully expected to lead the line for Argentina in Wednesday's friendly.