Argentine midfielder Alejandro Papu Gómez said on Thursday that the suspension of the qualifying match for the Qatar World Cup between Brazil and his National Team was “something that goes beyond football” and that “it was set up before the game to happen during” the course of of the game.
“They could have warned us two or three days before. They waited for him to start to get on the field, something never seen before. It was a regrettable, embarrassing event that stains South American football. There were many stars and many people, who in the end is the one who pays for it, “said Papu Gómez in statements to the web muchodeporte.com.
The Buenos Aires footballer, who begins his first full campaign at Sevilla after his signing last January, foresees a season “full of rich commitments”, in which “everything will go hand in hand: if the team is doing well, all the players” , including him, “they will go well”, since “this is not tennis, it is a work of group”.
Papu Gómez pointed out that “it is surely an advantage that it is a year in which they start from scratch, the adaptation was from January until now”, and added that he already feels “fully in the city, in life, in the club and with the companions: it is going to be an important season “.
The international albiceleste overcame COVID-19 in August, although “luckily, he was vaccinated and without symptoms”, so he was “calm at home” although with “anger at missing ten days of training” and “when he returned from vacation he had arrived very well because he had not stopped training “.
Papu Gómez does not think it will harm him to play on the left wing, where his coach, Julen Lopetegui, alternates with his compatriot Lucas Ocampos.
“All my life I played there, I know the position. Then, it is clear that it can be better or worse, but I can play calmly there. Inside too. Inside or for the band, it does not matter to me. I have more game than Lucas. Lucas has more depth … It’s a matter of taste, “he said.