The technician of the Argentine national team, Lionel Scaloni, spoke at a press conference after the 0-0 draw against Paraguay, by South American Qualifiers Heading to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, in the first match of the triple date.
Argentina consolidates in second place in the CONMEBOL Qualifying table, despite the fact that Brazil took two more points ahead of it, as it won in Venezuela.
The Argentine coach was satisfied with the team’s performance despite the lack of goals. The highlights of his statements:
“If the team managed to make the situation clearer than it had in the first half, the game would have been much more favorable for us, but unfortunately the ball did not go in, although the feeling of the team was always there.”
“It was necessary for us to make the goal, especially in the plays that were very clear and the ball could not enter. But the important thing is that despite this, the team never lowered its arms, it always kept trying, despite the fact that Paraguay at some point put us in difficulty, the dominators were us ”.
“We know how Paraguay plays, although with different systems, the way of pressing is always the same. The team managed to get out of that pressure and had clear goal situations ”.
“Paraguay is an uncomfortable rival for everyone, not only for Argentina, logically they want to win like I want to win, in this case it was a draw but we knew it was going to be a difficult opponent.”
“It is logical that we need Lautaro Martínez, who was always our forward of reference. But I am happy with the game that Joaquín Correa played, he had situations, he generated a lot of danger and he missed the goal but it makes us happy that he played like this.
“They were bringing in tall people and Guido gives us a bit of height and containment. Leandro went up one more line to accompany and associate with the forwards. Guido helped with the height and we are happy with him ”.
“The variants in attack that we looked for were a lot of passing between the lines, that’s where we were best, where we created a lot of situations and in the last 10 or 15 minutes we looked for more speed and depth because the game was already a little more open. We had the opportunity of the Papu who could not enter. It is what this sport has that there are times when you are superior but the result does not accompany you ”.