FIFA World Cup 2022 | We must always put together for what’s coming, we’ve to win, says a dejected Messi


Argentina’s Lionel Messi, left, and Saudi Arabia’s Abdulelha Al-Malki, struggle for the ball throughout the World Cup group C soccer match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia on the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on November 22, 2022.
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After being rudely jolted from his ‘happy’ desires of having fun with the World Cup, a ghostly Lionel Messi, with life sucked out of him after 55-minutes of second-half nightmare, had little or no vitality to reply the probing questions of the world press.

“There are no excuses. We must be more united than ever. This group is strong, but it’s a situation we haven’t gone through in a long time. Now, we have to show that this is a real group,” stated the Argentine captain, who was on the receiving finish of one of many biggest World Cup upsets. “It’s a very hard blow for everyone, we didn’t expect to start like this. Things happen for a reason. We should prepare for what’s coming; we have to win, and it depends on us.”

An equally dejected Lionel Scaloni, the Argentine supervisor, discovered it tough to grasp the whirlwind 5 second-half minutes that altered the course of the sport. “It’s hard to understand because in five minutes they scored the two goals, the only shots on target. We don’t have any other choice but to get up and continue, we have to win the two remaining games. It’s a sad day but we must keep our head up and keep going,” he stated.

“The first half was all ours. If any of the offsides had been a goal… a goal can change things. Saudi Arabia’s line is advanced and some offsides were millimetres but that’s what technology is for. They gave us one and then took the rest away,” a philosophical Scaloni added.

Argentina, which claimed to have arrived at this event surrounded by tranquilito (calmness), now, instantly should climate a storm. “They are hurt and thinking about the result and (how) to turn the situation around. We were doing well. We couldn’t have come better. But these tournaments don’t give you time to be wrong,” stated Scaloni.

“If we had won, we would also think about Mexico. The result doesn’t change the analysis.”

For Saudi Arabia’s coach Herve Renard, the celebration could be brief regardless of the unbelievable consequence.

“Have a good celebration for 20 minutes and that’s it,” he stated.

“We made history for Saudi football. It will stay forever. This is the most important thing, but we also need to think about looking forward because we still have two very difficult games.”

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