Lionel MESSI, Sergio AGUERO, Javier MASCHERANO and Jorge SAMPAOLI all spoke to the media following the team’s 1-1 draw against Iceland at the FIFA World Cup.
For the first time since the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Argentina have not won their opening match at a FIFA World Cup. However, they went on to reaching the final against West Germany that year and for the team, should they qualify for the second round, it could possibly mean an easier road (on paper, at least) to a potential final. MESSI spoke about his penalty kick and more. Here’s what he had to say:
“We had a hard time creating chances. We’re going to go out there to beat Croatia. We were superior (to Iceland). We tried but it wasn’t to be. Missing the penalty hurt.
“Worried? No, I’m angry and it hurts because I missed the penalty. I feel responsible for not having the 3 points. It would have changed everything. We are calm.
“We don’t have to go crazy. We just started and we know it won’t be easy. It hurts because we deserved to win.”
Sergio AGUERO is also confident about the rest of the World Cup.
“This is just the beginning, there’s still a lot left to play for.”
One of the veterans of the team, Javier MASCHERANO shares AGUERO’s same sentiments.
“This is just the beginning, you are not allowed to fall. Every opponent is different. We wanted to start off with a win but I won’t let it bother me.”
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli stated that Iceland were well structured but that it is also just the beginning:
“We played against a team that was well structured. This just started, we have to have the strength to play the next match. We will keep working to win the net game.”