Alejandro GOMEZ spoke to Argentine sports media TNT Sports LA and confessed his disappointment of not being named in Jorge SAMPAOLI’s 35 player preliminary list for Russia.
Having started against Peru in the World Cup qualifier and also appearing in friendlies, he was excited about the prospect of going to the World Cup.
“It is an ugly feeling, to be so close yet not going to the World Cup. I was very excited because I started against Peru and almost played against Ecuador. Plus I also played several friendlies.”
Papu, as he is popularly known, did think about going to Russia leading in the hours leading to the announcement of the preliminary list:
“The truth is that I felt that I was an important player in the group.”
On what happened between himself and Lucas BIGLIA:
“It seems stupid to talk about an incident involving two Argentine’s on the pitch but thank God nothing happened to Lucas.”
In addition, he recounted everything that crossed his mind when he did not receive news about a call:
“I thought SAMPAOLI was testing on other players during his last tour because he knew me already. I had thousands of things going in my head but about the preliminary list; I thought I had a chance based on what we have done in the last few months.”