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I don't need Barca advice - Argentina's Batista
"I always said Barcelona stole the historical essence of Argentinian football," opined Argentina coach Batista.
"I was born with this essence and always lived it out."
Earlier Batista, a member of his country's 1986 World Cup-winning squad, had told broadcaster ESPN: "I don't have to copy Barcelona; nor do I have to ask (Barca coach Pep) Guardiola for advice."
Noting their Messi-inspired win over Costa Rica to reach the Copa America quarter-finals Batista added: "We won playing well and that bolsters confidence."
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