Argentina coach Jorge SAMPAOLI has stated that the match has left a sour taste in their mouths.
Speaking a press conference following Argentina’s 0-0 draw against Uruguay, the National Team coach came out talking about the match, Lionel MESSI, Mauro ICARDI and more. Here’s what he had to say:
Argentina coach Jorge SAMPAOLI
“We played against an opponent that was always looking to block any openings. It has left a sour taste in our mouths for not having won. We went looking for the match everytime but they were always in their own area. We were hoping for an open match but it was never the case. They defended in the middle of the pitch. Their intentions were clear.
“ICARDI was marked by two defenders the entire match. He had very little space and they have a lot of experience. MESSI was enormous for us. Today, we saw MESSI. He played a very good match.
“Being at the bottom generates a lot of nervousness. But we have to remember that at times, the World Cup Qualifiers are more difficult than the World Cup itself.
“We have to be more aggressive in the last third and get more people in the area. The team was patient and kept looking for the space to generate an attack. The team came out with the idea to play regardless of the circumstances. It’s our job to ensure that the team wins. We have to win so that Argentina can be at the World Cup in Russia. Now, we’re required to be sharp for the next matches. Any act of desperation would cost us to miss out on the World Cup. We have to be clear and precise regarding our message.
“PIZARRO and BIGLIA complemented each other well. MASCHERANO could be utilized in any position (regarding Gabriel MERCADO’s suspension for the next match).”