El Diego comes off sounding more like a doting grandfather than a coach of a national squad that is struggling to put together a string of coherent performances.
He gets very passionate about Fidel Castro.
"After that we just sat there for hours talking about politics. Six or seven hours easily. I killed myself laughing with him. He's a living legend and there's no one in the world with his charisma. No one, not even the Pope!"
Meanwhile Daniel Passarella, breaking a two year silence also gave an interview. As a player he earned Maradona's respect even though they had their disagreements, had this to say:
"Maradona as a player has vast experience but limited experience as a coach before taking on the national job. He had to deal with many other issues in his life and is presently facing an important transition in his thinking as a coach. He must take on different issues. My opinion is well intentioned."