Paulo DYBALA and Cristian ANSALDI were the two Argentine players who spoke at a press conference on Tuesday.
Two players who didn’t play a single second in Argentina’s opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup spoke to the press about the team, the players and the World Cup. Here’s what DYBALA had to say about him not being in the starting eleven.
“I’ve played in many positions since I started playing football and I always felt comfortable. I’m optimistic. I still haven’t gotten in the starting eleven but I play every training session as if I were in it. I’m always thinking about possibly going on. One has to be prepared.
“I try to leave everything at every training session. If I get asked to come in, I want to be in the best possible shape. I always believed I was doing the right things to be at the World Cup. I think I have the same chances of coming in as my team mates.
“Giving up is impossible. I’m 24 years old and I am living one of the most beautiful moments of my career. One always dreams of scoring in a World Cup. Six years ago I was playing in the second division with Instituto, I am living a different life. Playing or not, I am enjoying it a lot just being here.”
Paulo DYBALA also stated that he and Lionel MESSI can play together.
“MESSI is the first one who wants to change the situation. We’re all here to support here. I believe we are all protagonists in the role that each one has. We have the best player in the owrld and we have to take advantage of that attack in a better way. MESSI has no substitute. Not here, not in any team in the world. Obviously we can play together.”
Criistian Ansaldi also spoke about what we are seeing at the World Cup.
“We are seeing a very even World Cup. All the big teams are having trouble winning. Croatia won’t sit back. It might be a back and forth match. We are calm.
“The World Cup is showing that you can’t underestimate any team. We are always looking to win, that is our objective. Our goal is to always play football, attack and play. Everyone is adapting to the team they play. There doesn’t exist the idea of always playing the same style of football.”
The defender also commented on Lionel MESSI.
“We all know what MESSI represents for our team. He’s not only the best on the pitch but also the best off it. He knows how to deal with all of this.”
ANSALDI also stated that the team is working hard to get a win.
“We are working hard to come back with a win. We are not watching what happens in the other matches. If we want to win the World Cup, we have to beat everyone. In modern football, the defender has to adapt quickly. All coaches have different ways of playing.”