Javier Mascherano spoke about Argentina qualifying for the Olympics.
Mascherano will be at the Olympic games. A two time gold medal winner, he will now be coaching the team.
His team won 1-0 vs. Brazil and qualified for the Olympic games in Paris. Speaking at a press conference after the win, here is what he had to say:
“We put Luciano (Gondou) with Santi (Castro) because we believed that we could generate something against Brazil similar to that against Venezuela. We felt that we needed more offensive weight in the penalty area. I think we went to look for the win.
“The most important thing is what the boys have done today, qualified for hte Olympic Games once again. I have nothing to do with it, I just accompany this great group of players.
“The team played a great tournament, there are always things to improve. We were superior to all of our opponents but we got to the last match with an obligation to win.
“I am happy with what we have experienced. We have had a spectacular month, with the commitment of all the players who have come here. I know very well what it is like to miss a preseason, a start to a championship, losing a spot in your club but the players made this possible from day one. Like the case of Thiago, who, being a world champion, stepped up to lead this team.
“We lived it calmly. In the six previous matches, we always went out to look for the three points, our plan did not change. Argentina was the protagonist, having the ball. It was a matter of not despairing and taking advantage of the opportunities.”
He also spoke about Lionel Messi and Ángel Di María possibly playing at the Olympics with the team:
“Everyone already knows my friendship with Leo (Messi), the friendly that I have. A player like him has the doors open to accompany us, after that it depends on him and his commitments, obviously.
“The times of the senior national team with the Copa America is not easy. You have to be cautious, obviously we are going to talk. With Leo and Angel we have a spectacular relationship, we are friends. As a coach, I have the obligation of inviting them but one understands that they have other commitments and it will depend on that, it is not that simple.”