Argentina legend Hernan CRESPO gave an interview to TyC Sports where he spoke about the team and coach Jorge SAMPAOLI.
Hernan CRESPO knows a thing or two about playing for his country at a World Cup. He was part of the team in 1998 which eliminated England on penalty kicks, was there for the heartbreak of 2002 and the lost to the Germans in 2006 in Berlin. However, the now retired former number 9 gave his thoughts about the Argentina National Team. Here’s what he had to say:
“The first game is very difficult. All the favorites suffered. You know you have been working for the past four years and you play a little bit of it in 90 minutes.
“I’m worried about the National Team because they have very little time to work. We have players to make it (out of the group) and after that to the quarters and move forward. What worries me is not knowing what the team can give. But there’s enough reason to dream. but the match (versus iceland) was meant for dybala.”
In regards to the coach, CRESPO thinks he’s one for a long term project:
“As a coach, I like him and he makes me enthusiastic. But I didn’t agree in giving him the National Team because I think he’s a coach for a long term project. These 10 games are very little in terms of what he can bring for us.”
In a separate interview with La Gazzetta Dello Sport, CRESPO went more indepth on the match saying MESSI was left alone and DI MARIA didn’t have a good match.
“He’s a phenomenon if he’s put in the right conditions, like in Barcelona, otherwise it’s hard for him. Let’s start from a fact. MESSI, as a vote, deserves 5. If he had scored the penalty, I would have given him a 6. Of course we expect more from him, but here the talk is broadened. MESSI is not MARADONA, he doesn’t win a World Cup by himself.
“Who helped MESSI against Iceland? DI MARIA didn’t get away from his marker once. The central midfielders didn’t help. They didn’t play like a team, didn’t move like a team. They were all there waiting for MESSI but it isn’t possible to hand all the responsibility of every action to one player.”