The classification with ideal score and farewell with a win from the group stage of the Under-20 World Cup is already behind. What follows, has no margin for error: win to continue, with the final as the objective. Therefore, the anxiety of the squad is an issue that the technical director Javier Mascherano has focused and in which the famous 'stage fright' cannot be allowed, so his experience as a footballer can be vital for the 'europibes'.
"If there is something that gives meaning to the profession of footballer is to play this type of matches. So you try to convey that, that the player wants to play big games and play them with the framework that we are going to live tomorrow and that, well, since one cannot do it, try to transmit the desire to be able to be in that place, "this is how Mascherano graphed the magnitude of the match between Argentina and Nigeria in San Juan.
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"The bigger the stage, the closer to his convictions he has to be. I am one of those who think that the big stages are to show how much you believe in what you do. And I think this Wednesday we have a great opportunity," he said.
The statements were made after training at the facilities of San Martin de San Juan, to the space envoys to that province. When asked by Clarín about the counterattacks of the African National Team, Mascherano considered them "one of the threats".
"It's one of the threats because they have very athletic people, very fast and that, if they catch you badly, they can clearly do you a lot of damage. But defensively they do a lot of chases and they're going to see it. We have seen it and we will try to take advantage of it," he said.
San Juan. Special envoy.