Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni and Leandro Paredes both spoke to the press on Sunday.
This time it was Leandro Paredes who spoke at a press conference. Paredes, who missed Argentina’s 1-0 win vs. Uruguay on Friday, has a strong chance of starting vs. Paraguay on Monday. He was replaced by Guido Rodriguez who ended up scoring the only goal of the match and gave Argentina the 1-0 win. Here’s what Paredes had to say in regards to Guido and the team:
“The truth is that I am very happy for Guido, for the Argentina national team, because it shows that every guy that is here can bring something.”
“We are taking this one match at a time. I believe we have a group of incredible players. We’re on the right path and we’re growing. With the quality of the players we have, I think we can expect a lot.”
“Paraguay have top level players. I feel better, I am good to play. In midfield, we have players of good quality, with a lot of dedication and with different playing styles.”
Lionel Scaloni spoke after Paredes and commented on several things. In regards to the opponent on Monday:
“Paraguay are a very uncomfortable team, a very difficult opponent who know how to play. They have a great coach.”
The coach also spoke about Lionel Messi’s leadership:
“I think Messi’s leadership is always the same on the pitch. Off it, he’s a spectacular guy, who leads the group forward as he has always done.”
Sergio Aguero and Lautaro Martinez were also a topic of discussion:
“Sergio Aguero is getting better every day and that for us is an important contribution.
“As long as I am coach, Lautaro is part of the base. I am satisfied with him and he knows what I think.”
And Scaloni commented on the wingbacks:
“In Brazil, the wingbacks chage. Here too. For me, Molina, Montiel, Tagliafico and Acuña are starters.”