Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni speaks on youth players


Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni spoke about the youth players presently with the team.

Lionel Scaloni had Facundo Buonanotte in the starting eleven for the team’s 2-0 win vs. Indonesia on Monday. It was Buonanotte’s debut with the national team and he also gave Garnacho minutes in both of Argentina’s matches this week.

Scaloni spoke to TyC Sports after the team’s 2-0 win about the youth players and giving them minutes. Here is what he had to say:

“That was the idea. We wanted them to play, for them to get minutes was the most important thing. Beyond the result, the match and the performance, which is not what I am most interested in. We wanted these boys to play, to enjoy themselves and get used to what the team is, but we must not rush them.

“We made a few tweaks to those we saw at the World Cup and we are open to what comes along. The people who can stand out, regardless of their age, that they take advantage of each moment. Today, the boys are playing well, they’re young and we hope to continue like this.”

The coach also stated that he would have wanted to bring in more players from the Argentina U20 team:

“We would have liked to bring in another player who was with the Argentina U20 team but due to a scheduling issue, it was not possible.”

Per a report by TyC Sports, Scaloni was talking about Alejo Véliz and Matías Soulé.