Retired Argentine footballer, Hernán Crespo, has said that his country’s win over Nigeria will help to relieve the pressure on the players.
La Albiceleste drew their opener against Iceland and lost to Croatia, but after the poor start, reports of unrest in the Argentina camp was rife, although, Head Coach, Jorge Sampaoli denied the reports.
An 85-minute goal from defender Marcos Rojo helped Argentina beat the Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-1 in their final Group D match in Saint Petersburg to scrape into the knockout stage.
“What happened yesterday isn’t normal,” he notes. “To see many of the players crying at the end of a game, when all that was at stake was making it to last 16, explains the huge pressure they were feeling on their shoulders.”
“I hope that in a way what happened yesterday will serve as relief. So they can find the best version of themselves facing the next match,” ‘Valdanito‘, a three World Cups participant and Argentina’s third highest goalscorer states.
France vs Argentina
On the Round of 16 meeting with the French national team, Crespo is expecting a tough match when Lionel Messi’s helmed side come up against Didier Deschamps’ men.
“It (the result against Nigeria) is a fantastic result after a lot of suffering,” he says. “We hope so much that next Saturday we will have the chance of beating France. It won’t be easy because they are the favourites to win in this situation.
“They arrive (here) better than us and they have a project behind them. For us it’s totally different. We try to improve step by step. But you never know. I think it’s a big problem for France to meet Argentina,” the 42 year old submits.
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