Sunday, January 29, 2023

Scaloni criticizes FIFA for World Cup calendar

DOHA ( Associated Press) — Amid euphoria over Argentina’s qualification for the World Cup round of 16, coach Lionel Scaloni criticized FIFA for scheduling the next match against Australia less than 72 hours after the last group stage match. .

At the same time, the Argentine coach was cautious with the next opponent, despite the fact that Albiceleste is emerging as a clear favorite.

“I want to make it clear that it’s crazy that we only have two and a half days to top the group,” Scaloni said after Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Poland at Doha’s 974 Stadium.

“I can’t figure it out, it’s one in the morning and tomorrow is Thursday and the next day it’s time to prepare and play the game. The conditions haven’t been given for that to happen, but hey, it’s the same for both of us,” he insisted. “We’re first in the group and we really could have been more relaxed”.

La Albiceleste, champions in 1978 and 1986, finished first in their zone and will face Australia, second in Group D and 38th in the FIFA rankings, at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium on Saturday.

“We are not candidates for anything, not favorites for anything,” warned Scaloni after his team’s best ever collective performance at the World Cup. “We’re going to fight. It’s completely wrong to think that we’re going to be champions to win.”

Regarding the next opponent, Scaloni said that “they are all tough, the Arabs beat us (in the Saudi 2-1 start). You can lose to a European or an African, football is match by match, well You can lose even if you play.”

“All sports are tough, Australia have shown they are a tough team,” he said. In a World Cup and representing your country you multiply that”, the strategist concluded.

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