The coach of the Argentine Olympic team, Fernando Batista, considered this Thursday that the expulsion of Francisco Ortega at the end of the first half was decisive for the result and pointed to the need to “get up quickly” for the second commitment in Tokyo 2020 against Egypt, next Sunday.
“We have to get up as quickly as possible and prepare for the game against Egypt,” Batista said in a press conference after his debut with a 2-0 loss to Australia in Sapporo.
The “Bocha” remarked that the competition “has just begun” and pointed out that having two games ahead they still depend on themselves to advance to the round.
“This is just beginning. Sometimes there are surprising results, but all the teams are at a good level. We have to be calm, we have two games left and we depend on ourselves,” said the Argentine coach.
Regarding the match, Batista considered that the expulsion of left-back Francisco Ortega at the end of the first half was decisive for the result.
“I do not know if the result is good or bad, but losing a player in the last play of the first half, at this level it feels,” he admitted.
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“We knew we were going to face an opponent who was looking to grab us from a backlash,” he added.
The Argentine national team will play again at the Sapporo Dome next Sunday at 4.30 in our country against Egypt, which debuted with a goalless draw against Spain at the start of group C.