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The Argentina coach talks about the World Cup final and is preparing for the penalty shootout scenario


A day before the Qatar 2022 World Cup final, which will bring his country together in France, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni considered that his team would face France, not Messi against Mbappe, and that the match was a collective effort, not an individual one.

Argentine national team coach Lionel Scaloni confirmed that the final match of the Qatar World Cup 2022 against the French national team tomorrow, Sunday, will be much bigger than a mere confrontation between the stars, specifically between his compatriot, Argentine football legend Lionel Messi, and France's top scorer Kylian Mbappe.

A day before the World Cup final, Scaloni considered that "Argentina will face France, not Lionel Messi against Kylian Mbappe. Every player will be able to provide what he has for the benefit of his country. The final match will be a collective effort, not an individual one."

The Argentine coach believes that his team seems well prepared to face the defending champion, adding, "We have our plan for the match, which is very important to us. We know how to attack them, and we know their strengths. We will try not to reach penalty kicks, and avoid what happened in the match against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the World Cup." But if this happens, we will select the best kick takers."

Scaloni expressed his hope that Lionel Messi, the captain of the Argentine national team, would win the title, because this match will most likely be the player's last in the World Cup.

"This match will be Messi's last, and we hope he lifts the trophy tomorrow, but the most important thing is that we enjoy Messi's performance and that he also enjoys the match," Scaloni said in the press conference before the expected match at Lusail Stadium.

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When asked about the tears he shed on the field after defeating Croatia (3-0) in the semi-finals, the young coach said, "Tears are part of our culture. We are fond of football and I think we have the best fans around the world ever. Football is more than just football." sport for us.

The Argentine national team, led by its star Lionel Messi, who has scored 5 goals so far and provided 3 assists, went through an exciting and amazing journey in the finals, as he began his participation with a surprising defeat against the Saudi national team 2-1, but he succeeded in overcoming his frustrating start and achieved two victories over Mexico and Poland, before winning Defeats Australia in the final price 2-1.

In the quarter-finals, coach Scaloni and his players experienced difficult moments against the Netherlands national team, which came back from a 2-0 deficit to drag its Argentine opponent into extra time after the end of the match 2-2, then a penalty shootout that smiled at Argentina 4-3.

In the semi-finals, Martinez's teammates defeated Croatia 3-0 to set a date with France in the final in order to win the third world title in their history.

Source: aljazeera

All news articles on 2022-12-18

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