Javier MASCHERANO spoke about the Argentina national team, Lionel MESSI and more.
The most capped player ever for the Argentina national team had his say about the three finals lost. The team lost the World Cup final against Germany and two straight Copa America finals against Chile. MASCHERANO has broken his silence about it all. Speaking with Estudio Futbol, here’s what he had to say:
“I like to analyze if we were superior or not to the opponent, not in the result. And in the three finals, we were superior to them.
“It’s difficult to talk when you have three straight finals and you don’t win, not even one. It’s difficult to explain but I had to analyze and think that it wasn’t for us, that they also exist in football.
“It was 19 matches without losing, between the World Cup and the Copa America, it was the road that had to be traveled and we couldn’t finish it in the best way. Many will say that we are unsuccessful and that’s what you have to be ready to put up with.”
Javier MASCHERANO also spoke about Lionel MESSI:
“It’s clear that he has been enduring them saying anything in the last ten years. They said he went to play the friendly for a sponsor. That’s crazy.
“If there is someone who has always been with the Argentina national team, that has been helping his team mates, that has behaved as he really is, a leader within the group, it’s MESSI.
“They talked about how he has to come back and when he comes back, it’s a problem. And when he’s not there, it’s a problem. Listen, it’s always a problem. I imagine he must be tired.”
About the Argentina national team:
“I never felt it as a burden. If that were the case, it would be difficult to keep trying to prove that you belong.”
On coach Jorge SAMPAOLI playing a false nine against France in the loss:
“I’m not the coach, I don’t know if it was reasonable or not. I could be a donkey playing football but vigilant.”