Cristian Romero of Tottenham Hotspur on Argentina national team, his career

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Cristian Romero spoke about the Argentina national team and his career.

Romero was one of Tottenham’s big signings and a Copa America champion with Argentina, he revealed it wasn’t always easy for him. Only 23 years old, Romero has become a starter in the Argentina national team. Speaking in an interview with ESPN F90, here is what Romero said about his career:

“When I think of everything I have accomplished, I shed a tear. Some time ago I thought about giving up football and today, all of this happens to me.

“When I was 17 years old, the higher us at Belgrano gave me a lot of shit and told me a lot of things. When I signed with Genoa, they (Belgrano directors) told me that in three months I’ll have to go back to Cordoba and look for a job. These are words that stick with you forever.

“At one point in Belgrano, I wasn’t playing and logically I wanted to leave. I’m a fan of the club and it hurts but it’s things that I will never understand. It was a very difficult year but I came out of it stronger.”

In regards to the Argentina national team:

“The Argentina national team came at the best time of my career. Sharing a group with the best players in the world makes you learn and grow a lot. That was a dream.

“Match after match, we know each other more. Playing with Otamendi by my side, Lean (Paredes) in front and Dibu (Emiliano Martinez) behind gives us a lot of confidence. We are not the best but we can compete and we can compete and face anyone.”

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  1. To ian1wason
    Crespo was a great striker but Batistuta was the BEST EVER not just my opinion but THE GREATEST EVER PLAYER DIEGO ARMANDO MARADONA said BATISTUTA WAS THE BEST HE HAD SEEN.It was Bielsa’s fault for not playing Batistuta and crespo against England and Argentina even much better squad than most of the teams just did not do it.It was the WORST performance even though they qualified with flying colours.They were the favourites but unfortunately could not get to the 2nd round.

  2. Crespo was the best striker and most expensive in the world and was the leading scorer when Batistuta was injured. But because Batistuta is who he is, and he was still Crespo’s senior, Crespo had to go to the bench. Crespo got his starting role in 2006 though. That 2002 World Cup hurt me the most as they were unbeaten for 2 years heading into the World Cup.

    • 2002 world cup not only hurt me too but it was the biggest humiliation of Argentina national team history. the most of people i know older than me are saying that it was the second biggest behind only the failure to qualify to 1970 world cup.
      But personally i think it was the biggest because in 1970 the football was completely different than now or even compare with 80 s.

  3. I think they should change the rules on penalties. If a goalkeeper makes a penalty save, no rebound. Play should be whistled dead. The goalkeeper shouldn’t be penalized by a rebound goal.

    Same concept as the “play advantage” rule. You only give the foul (whistle dead) if there’s no advantage. If the offense continues, give foul when there is a stoppage of play. Notice when shots are taken on goal, refs don’t often reward the previous foul because of the advantage rule (why give the foul at the previous spot when there is a corner kick). So why make the goalkeeper vulnerable to a rebound after a penalty save?

    • To wisdom
      Lets not change the game.If it is a penalty in normal time then you should be able to score after a rebound.Its only when both teams end up in a penalty shootout you can not score from a rebound.

  4. What a tough luck for Emi. Saved the penalty but the rebound. Anyhow, I really hope he moves to a top 4 club next year and start playing in CL.

    Buendia is playing decent. But you can see why he won’t make it to NT yet. He is yet to light up in PL.

    This is turning out to be a very unlucky night for Emi, returning to Arsenal. Villa is so bad that they are conceding 3 goals on average everyday. If Emi is not there it could be 4-5 per day. He should move to a better club

  5. “We are not the best but we can compete and we can compete and face anyone.”

    Yep! Pretty good description of us. Not arrogant but also not afraid of anyone. That’s Scaloni’s Argentina. La Scaloneta 🙂

    • we was never arrogant and we never afraid of anyone.
      this is always Argentina my friend. Not only under Scaloni.
      from the time i remember myself as child always we was like this. Even before i born.
      if you remember something different in one period in past please remind me.

      • Perhaps arrogant is too strong of a description. But remember Bielsa’s Argentina was cruising in the qualifiers but then crashed and burned in the World Cup.

          • you are refering obviously to Diego s words in bench while speaking to his assistant and one from many shitty reporters get close with camera and read his lips. No the reason was not that. Diego was pissed one day before with Germans because of what happened to press conference.
            he wasn t arrogant. he was pissed and always in his life when Diego was pissed he was never “polite” just the oposite. He was rude and speaking without think.
            we lose from Germans because we didn t have game plan. Diego was not coach unfortunately. He didn t have game plans. we was playing with auto pilot with guide the football experience of Diego.
            this was the case in 2010 world cup.

        • yes the word arrogant is very strong and not fit with that situation in my opinion.
          truly the 2002 humiliation is something beyond our imagination and Bielsa s fault was big about that but the main reason was the relations inside locker room. Plus some key players (Veron, Simeone, Claudio Lopez) fight before game against England with local media and Bielsa didn t back them if i remember well. i remember those 3 fight with Bielsa but i don t remember the reason to be honest because passed so many years.

          • Still wonder how Crespo only played as late sub even though he’s best striker in the world at the time, I beileve he’s serie A top scorer at the time. In fact he managed to sneaked 1 goal against Sweden.

            If we score one more, we actually will eliminate England since England didnt win their against Nigeria.

          • Crespo was the best striker and most expensive in the world and was the leading scorer when Batistuta was injured. But because Batistuta is who he is, and he was still Crespo’s senior, Crespo had to go to the bench. Crespo got his starting role in 2006 though. That 2002 World Cup hurt me the most as they were unbeaten for 2 years heading into the World Cup.

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