Lionel Scaloni gave a press conference this Thursday (8), before the game between Argentina and the Netherlands for the World Cup
In a press conference this Thursday (8), one day before the duel against Netherlandson Wednesdays World Cup 2022the technician Argentina🇧🇷 Lionel Scaloniassured that he will not play thinking about taking the match on penalties, even knowing that his goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinezis a specialist in defending collections.
For Scaloni, “drag” the game to define the classification in the lime mark would be “mediocre“, and the coach assured that this will not happen.
“Of course, we practice penalties, every day the players train after work. But when someone goes to shoot on the day of the match, it’s a box of matches… We hope it doesn’t come to that point, but if it does, we are well prepared”, he began.
“But the penalties are after 120 minutes. I cannot plan a match thinking about who will take the penalties or who will or will not be on the field. It would be something mediocre”, he fired.
“When the time is missing, in case of penalties, then we’ll see (who hits). We think about winning the game in regular time. And the decisions will be taken at the right times”, he added.
Argentina faces Holland this Friday (9), at 4 pm (Brasília time), for the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
If it passes, the Albiceleste will pick the winner of the confrontation between Brazil and Croatiawhich duel at 12h also on Friday.
Asked who he prefers, Scaloni ran off on a tangent.
“Do I prefer Croatia or Brazil? There is no answer to that question… Let’s play our game and then see what happens”, he concluded.