Lionel Scaloni and the Copa América in Brazil: “There are many unknowns, it is an alarming and worrying situation”


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Lionel Scaloni and the Copa América in Brazil: "There are many unknowns, it is an alarming and worrying situation"

The coach of the Argentine National Team Lionel Scaloni spoke at a press conference, ahead of the South American Qualifying matches for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

In the first place, the DT confirmed the team that will stop next Thursday, with Draw Martínez in the goal; Foyth, Romero, Martínez Quarta and Tagliafico on defense; Paredes, Ocampos and De Paul in midfield; Messi, Di María and Lautaro Martínez in the attack “.

Then, Scaloni was consulted about the change of venue for the Copa América, which was to be played in Argentina and Colombia and finally it will be played in Brazil. In this regard, the technician disagreed with a decision that does not seem coherent to him. “For a long time they had been talking about the problems and the efforts they were making as a country so that it can be played in Argentina. It was decided that it should not be done for a health issue, of course, but it turns out that now we are going to Brazil … which is surely the same or worse. It is a very difficult decision to assimilate, but if we have to go, we will go and we will play. But there are many unknowns, it is an alarming and worrying situation because it is not the ideal place “, he expressed.

In relation to COVID-19, another issue that the coach touched on was the situation of Franco Armani and Gonzalo Montiel, who despite having overcome the disease still have a positive CRP and cannot participate in the trip with the team. In this way Scaloni explained the change in the goal, which leaves River’s goalkeeper without ownership and makes way for the Aston Villa goalkeeper. “I have to emphasize that Franco and Gonzalo cannot travel because their PCR continues to test positive and the government of Santiago does not allow them to enter. For us it is a very difficult decision, we have spent many days testing it to see when it is negative to take it and I am sorry because he cannot travel with his companions. “

Here are his best phrases:

“The team is defined, we are going to play with Martínez; Foyth, Romero, Martínez Quarta, Tagliafico; Paredes, Ocampos, De Paul; Messi Di María and Lautaro Martínez”.

“I have to emphasize that Franco and Gonzalo cannot travel because their PCR continues to test positive and the government of Santiago does not allow them to enter. For us it is a very difficult decision, we have spent many days testing it to see when it is negative to take it and I am sorry because he cannot travel with his companions. “

“The goalkeepers are all of a high level, it is evident the level that Emiliano is having. The decision was easy because he is the best one, although Marchesín and Juan Musso could do it, but in the absence of Franco we decided on him.”

“The issue of the pandemic is not new, we are immersed in this. Honestly, it is difficult to carry out the day to day, but all the teams are in the same conditions. We must live with this, always with responsibility.”

“For a long time they had been talking about the problems and the efforts that they were making as a country so that it can be played in Argentina. It was decided that it should not be done for a health issue, of course, but it turns out that now we are going to Brazil .. .It will surely be the same or worse. It is a very difficult decision to assimilate, but if we have to go we will go and play. But there are many unknowns, it is an alarming and worrying situation because it is not the ideal place. “

“Juan Foyth has grown a lot, both defensively and offensively. He is a player who gives us different ways to defend, he is interesting and we trust him.”

“Since we have been here we have seen the debut of many boys. You have to take it naturally, they have to enjoy it and take off the weight. They have to go out on the field knowing that there are countless things more important than a football game.”

“I see Messi as always: cheerful, fun, comfortable in the National Team. All we want is for him to be happy playing football.”

“We are good, confident. We have been able to train, although we did not have all the players available. I think we came with a clear idea, knowing what we have to do.”

“We will face the game with Chile as we all face. Sometimes the rival takes the initiative, but our idea is always to be protagonists. There will be a category rival in front, we must take the necessary care.”

Argentina will host Chile on Thursday, from 9:00 p.m. in Santiago del Estero.


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