Following their tense matchup with the Netherlands in DOHA’s last eight, the two-time champions received criticism:
Argentina coach Scaloni stands insisted on Monday that the “right way” was played during their fractious quarterfinal matchup with the Netherlands at the FIFA World Cup 2022. Scaloni defended his players from allegations of misconduct.
The South American team reached the last four despite suffering a shocking loss to Saudi Arabia in their first group match in Qatar.
However, the two-time champions received a lot of criticism after their tense matchup with the Netherlands in the last eight last weeks.
Scaloni’s team lost a two-goal lead against the Dutch at Lusail Stadium, but in a penalty shootout, they won 4-3.
However, the game saw multiple mass confrontations and a FIFA World Cup record of 18 yellow cards; consequently, FIFA has initiated disciplinary proceedings against both teams. Due to suspensions against Croatia, Argentina will be without Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuna in the semi-final, but Scaloni stood up for his team on the eve of the match.
“Both teams played the game the right way the other day. That is football,” the 44-year-old, who led Argentina to victory at the Copa America the previous year, stated. “There are times when you need to attack, there are times when you need to defend, and there are also times when there might be arguments.
“We are all aware of winning and losing strategies. When we lost to Saudi Arabia, we left without saying anything, and when we won the Copa America in Brazil, I believe that Neymar, Messi, and (Leandro) Paredes were together on the steps of the Maracana, one of the most beautiful examples of good sportsmanship in football. “This idea that we don’t know how to win doesn’t sit well with me. Scaloni didn’t say anything about Lionel Messi’s future, but he did say that he would “enjoy having him” while he was still playing.
Before the tournament, Messi, 35, admitted that this would probably be his last World Cup.
Argentina coach Scaloni stands, whose brief international career coincided briefly with Messi’s, has expressed optimism that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will continue playing international football. “We should check whether he continues to play or not however for the second we are about to appreciate having him,” he said. ” It’s the very best thing that could possibly happen to us and the football world.”
Scaloni was Jorge Sampaoli’s assistant at the 2018 World Cup, where Argentina lost 3-0 to Croatia in the group stage. Scaloni also said that Rodrigo De Paul and Angel Di Maria should be able to play on Tuesday because of injuries. We must determine how many minutes they can play, but we will find out later today and have time to make a decision tomorrow.” World News Sports