Emiliano Martínez spoke about the comments made by the Netherlands team before the quarter final match.
Martínez spoke to the media after Argentina’s on penalty kicks vs. Netherlands in the quarter finals. Prior to the match, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal had made comments about how Argentina tend to play with one man less when Lionel Messi doesn’t have the ball. Netherlands goalkeeper Noppert had also stated that he would save a Lionel Messi penalty. Speaking to TyC Sports after the match, here is what Martínez had to say:
“They spoke a lot of crap before the match. Their coach said that they were favorites if it would go to penalty kicks and that they wanted to get rid of the pain of 2014. Something I learned from football is that the talking is done on the pitch, they spoke a lot before the match and that gave me a lot of energy. You can’t talk that much before a match, to try to win. That made me stronger and after the game, I told them that.
“Their coach said that, I saw it, screenshotted it and kept it for myself. I showed it to Martin (Tocalli) and my psycholofist and told them “let’s turn on the dynamite.
“I didn’t think, I just thought that I was going to shut their mouths up.”