Lionel Scaloni described Argentina’s World Cup victory as ‘the best feeling ever’ – and wished Diego Maradona were alive to see it
Lionel Scaloni guided Argentina to World Cup glory, triumphing on penalties after France fell 2-0 down. It was the first World Cup that took place since Maradona died two years ago.
“I wish he was still here to enjoy this moment,” said the Argentina coach. “We managed to lift the trophy, something we’ve been dreaming about for so long – we’re a country so passionate about football, and I’m sure if Diego had been here he would love it so much. have enjoyed.” He would have been the first on the field to enjoy it.
“The game was completely insane. We put in a great performance – we should have won it in the 90 minutes or in extra time. We didn’t deserve the draw, but we were fighters. It was similar to the game with the Netherlands, we stayed fighting because we wanted to win.
“Now I have the best feeling ever. This team plays for their people, for the Argentinian fans, everyone is in the same direction, for the whole country. It’s a great pride when you play for your country – the players broke their backs, they achieved this title because they understood what they had to do on the field.
“Before extra time I said we should be optimistic. The team played well – France had two chances, they equalized, but we knew if we played our game we would create chances and that’s what happened.
“For the penalty shootout I said the same, we had to keep calm. Emiliano is a very positive boy and he told his teammates that he was going to save some penalties.”
Scaloni became Argentina manager in 2018 and has become the boss to finally deliver Lionel Messi the World Cup after so many years of trying for the 35-year-old. playing for Argentina.
“In the first months I was in charge, we played in a different way, but then we realized that we had great players who could facilitate things for Messi to make him part of it, to help him.” said the manager.
“That was a year after I took this job. It was about realizing which players would help Messi on the pitch and feel comfortable with him.”
“If he wants to continue playing at the 2026 World Cup, he will be with us. He has more than the right to decide whether he wants to continue playing for Argentina or not. Teammates.
“Everything he conveys to his teammates is something unparalleled, something I’ve never seen before. He’s a player who gives so much to his teammates.”
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