Argentina coach, Lionel Scaloni, said, on Tuesday, that his country’s loss to Saudi Arabia in its first match in the FIFA World Cup was a turning point in the changing room, as it encouraged recovery, winning five consecutive matches, and reaching the World Cup final.
“After we lost to Saudi Arabia, we felt the love and support of our fans and the whole country, and that was amazing, because it gave us the strength we needed to recover,” Scaloni told reporters after Argentina beat Croatia in the semi-finals.
Argentina, led by its star Lionel Messi, reached the final after beating Croatia 3-0, where tango dancers await the winning team against France and Morocco.
Scaloni added: “I try not to be emotional, but it’s difficult, because I dream like any Argentine. Representing my country is an emotional thing. After that you can win or lose, but it’s about these players and our people. They were with us in defeat and it’s not like any other.” Something I’ve experienced before.”
The Saudi national team achieved one of the biggest surprises in the history of the World Cup when it turned the tables on its Argentine counterpart and beat it with two goals to one at the start of their career in the World Cup in Qatar.
But Argentina rose again thanks to the 35-year-old Messi, who is seeking the most expensive trophy to crown his football career.
Scaloni said he had no doubt that Messi was the best player ever.