Rodrigo DE PAUL speaks at Argentina press conference for Copa America

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Making his Argentina tournament debuts, Rodrigo DE PAUL gave a press conference where he discussed the national team and the Copa America.

He has never played a tournament before for the Argentina national team and he will surely see minutes coming off the bench. Speaking at a press conference, here’s what Rodrigo DE PAUL had to say when asked about who is the favorite to win the tournament.

“I think that Brazil due to their history, playing at home and for the players they have. We know that we have the best player in the world and that allows us to dream. To the people, we tell them that we can be optimistic, we are 23 lions who will give their lives out on the pitch. The important thing is to be solid defensively. After that, we have the offensive power and it’s important and it would be the difference if we can keep the opposition from scoring.”

In regards to Lionel MESSI:

“The truth is that Leo is just another one (of the guys). We were able to share moments together and what he transmits is important and that is just being one more (of the guys). It’s a pleasure to be here and to share a Copa America with him.”

About Argentina’s first opponents at the Copa America, Colombia and the rest of the group:

“We will play against a great team and it will be very important to start off confident but they are three matches and nothing will be defined until we play against Qatar. It’s important to see how we feel.”

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  1. I like this statement from De Paul.”WE ARE 23 LIONS WHO WILL GIVE THEIR LIVES OUT ON THE PITCH”. This should be the mentality of every Argentine player. Having GOAT is a luxury but that won’t promise the cup. Other 10 players have to fight to reach the final. Argentina has to attack like a team and defend like a team too. If every Argentine player gives their best shot in the upcoming copa, they will surely end up as winners. Messi will surely help Argentina if he gets adequate amount of support. looking forward to see this new argentina. Unlike world cup, this team has creativity in Midfield but lacks pace when going forward.

  2. Well said De Paul
    His talk makes you feel indirectly that Messi is not gonna be only one to score and create the team wants to win.This time they see Messi as another one of Argentina players he is here to win and so are all 23.No pass the ball to Messi but,help Messi to win those matches.

        • You guys are NOT GIFTED, to read between the lines 🙂 🙂

          “THE TRUTH IS THAT LEO IS JUST ANOTHER ONE (OF THE GUYS). WE WERE ABLE TO SHARE MOMENTS TOGETHER AND WHAT HE TRANSMITS IS IMPORTANT AND THAT IS JUST BEING ONE MORE (OF THE GUYS). IT’S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE AND TO SHARE A COPA AMERICA WITH HIM.”

          “WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD AND THAT ALLOWS US TO DREAM”

          Messi’s Presence is taken positively by the players around him, unlike what many are portraying it to be 🙂

          • Copa America: Lionel Messi means business as Brazil face up to pressure
            By Tim Vickery

            South American football writer

            Please go this web BBC.co.uk/football
            Read particular hes said what he says About messi and aguero

          • ..and ? Why should I take this ‘British turned Brazilian guy’ words as facts ?

            ..and if it was true what he says, where is the problem? or do you think Icardi was a better choice than Aguero?

            Fans just need to get over BS and let the best players play. regardless

          • I’m 100% happy to have kun aguero
            Than icardi but I just show you that
            Friendship messi and aguero are
            Real and no denying . by the way
            It’s true that guy is Brazil lover

          • They are very close friends, I know and mostly they are roommates when on NT duty, I know.
            I rather have friends play together than not, as long as they are the best in-form, and with no available better replacement based on current form ONLY.

          • Maybe We can get away with just Lautaro and no Aguero, but wee need 3 good strikers to take to COPA. and Aguero should be one of them based on current form ONLY, I don’t mind if Scaloni plays Lautaro as main striker if he shows better from in training, or maybe he wants to throw the opponents off, at the end I am sure Scaloni will put the best available players to start, I have high hopes of Scaloni for this COPA, and most likely he will surprise us