Sabella’s agent reportedly said in the days before the final that his client would leave his role as manager no matter what the outcome.
He did not confirm that immediately after the game, saying: "What I want to do is be with everyone in the group. I need to rest."
Sabella also backed the decision to award the Golden Ball – given to the tournament’s best player – to Lionel Messi, who did not score in the knockout stage.
"Messi is always one of the greats," he said. "He deserved the award."
Javier Mascherano, Argentina’s man-of-the-match in the semi-final and again impressive in the Maracana, said: "The pain is immense. We wanted to win this for the people of Argentina, for those who came here to support us, but we lost.
"We have represented our country the best we could though. We have to lift our heads despite the pain. We gave everything we could out there.
"We had the best chances but we didn’t take them. And we only had to last another five minutes at the end. We just didn’t have that little bit of luck that you need in a final."