Within hours of the debut of the Argentine National Team in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the former striker spoke about how he sees Messi and Lionel Scaloni’s team
11/21/2022 – 4:01 p.m.
While waiting for the long-awaited Debut of the Argentine National Team in the World Cup in Qatar 2022, Many referred to the possibilities that both Lionel Scaloni’s team and Lionel Messi have to obtain it. One of those who spoke was Claudio Caniggiaa former player who reached the final of the 1990 World Cup in Italy alongside Diego Armando Maradona.
“He arrives with a lot of experience. Physically, before, he was another player, with an impressive start. A player with 25, 26, 27, 28 or 29 years old, there is potentially the maximum expression of a player, because he is younger. Now he plays different, but it doesn’t have the explosion from before. He has a stronger team. It is a team that is more accomplices between the players, a friendship has been formed, a complicity between the players, that it did not have before, “said the former striker in Olé.
And he added: “That’s the difference. On the one hand, the best Messi, the one who dribbled two or three rivals, started you and did 40 meters at the same speed, in progression that stopped and started, no longer has that condition now because he is 35. But He won in other aspects, in experience, in the ability to read the plays, which he had before but now he has more. She now has a very confident team, because she won the Copa América, with more than 30 games without losing“.
Scaloni’s work in the National Team
According to Caniggia, Messi no longer has the explosion of before, but now he has a more solid team
Regarding the criticism that the national team had received in other times, he said: “It is a team that was criticized before; there were several changes of coach, he felt that, the players felt it, we know it well, seven or eight years ago. They have a team, they trust the coach a lot, there is empathy, a nice group was formed, they are all accomplices. They are friends, they even go on vacation together. That created a positive climate that he felt and didn’t have before.”
Regarding Scaloni, he indicated: “He has demonstrated his ability during all this time. He knew how to create a team that position by position, found figures who had not been in the National Team. He brought Cuti Romero and Lisandro Martínez, new players who had never been on the team, who adapted very well. Besides, football-wise, he’s very good. Of course I consider that Scaloni is a very capable coach to win the World Cup, he has shown it.”
As for the candidates that he believes can win the World Cup, he warned: “I think that from South America the favorites are always Brazil and Argentina. The Europeans are always the same. There are players who have acquired much more presence, because They play in the best teams in Europe”.
“In that I see Brazil and France, also Argentina, and Germany. Teams like England and Belgium will be able to surprise, and there are teams that can be very difficult with Denmark and Switzerland,” he concluded.