Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni spoke about his team’s loss vs. Saudi Arabia at the World Cup.
In one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history, World Cup favorites Argentina lost their opening match at the 2022 World Cup vs. Saudi Arabia. Argentina would go on to lift the trophy but it was a difficult start for Lionel Scaloni’s team. Scaloni spoke with AFAEstudio about the loss. Here is what he had to say:
“That game was very strange. For a coach, it’s ripping up the coaching card because everything we told them, was done. It happened and we didn’t win. It’s a one in a thousand game. We deserved to win the first half three or four-nil and in two minutes they scored two goals and it cost us to recover from it.
“It was a big blow but I was calm on the bench. I’m not saying I knew that everything that happened was going to happen but there were two ways to go at that moment: Say I’m going crazy, start to make changes, scream, wake them up or calm down and see if the came could be drawn or won. And after that, wipe the slate clean.
“The feeling in the match and on the pitch was strange. It was a bad turnaround and the match was already another match after the 2-1 score. We ran the risk that this loss would hurt us more than could happen to us. The World Cup continue, it was the first game and we to leave it as it was.
“Obviously it was a difficult loss. It had been a long time we didn’t lose but I knew that it could happen at any moment. It happened in the best (time), truthfully.”