Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni has commented on Argentina’s World Cup draw where they are in the same group as Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia.
Lionel Scaloni was in Doha, Qatar for the 2022 World Cup draw. Argentina were drawn in Group C against Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland. Speaking after the TyC Sports draw, here’s what he had to say:
“We have to accept what has been drawn for us. It is a group with difficult teams. Mexico is an opponent that we know is difficult. Poland played well and won against Sweden and Saudi Arabia had a very good qualifying campaign. We respect everyone. We think we can do well, we could have a good group stage but it’s maximum respect.
Scaloni also spoke about Mexico, a team they were due to face in a friendly match in September:
“It was the team we were pretty sure we were with and now we have to look elsewhere. But there’s no doubt that it’s not an important thing in friendlies, it’s not an important thing to play against European rivals. We know very well how we want to play.
“Logically, I would have liked to prepare for the World Cup by playing and if it is not possible against opponents of this level, we will look for others.
“Historically, they were a difficult opponent for us at the World Cups. I suffered in 2006 as a player, they had a great game and we won in added time with the goal from Maxi Rodriguez. C It was a complicated match and he is a complicated opponent.
“It’s a national team with good, well-known and world-class players.”
Regarding the fans:
“So that they are calm and that they enjoy the World Cup, which is the most important, because it is played every four years. Hopefully it will be with Argentina until the final. That they appreciate this national team and the children who play for this shirt. Together, we will surely be stronger.