Argentina star Lionel Messi was more than satisfied with the Albiceleste’s qualification for the round of 16. Qatar World Cup 2022 As the team leader, he started thinking about the next competitor. AustraliaAbout this he cautioned against overconfidence.
“We have been watching all the World Cup matches. We watched the Australia matches. Today everything is very difficult, no matter the opponent, it is complicated and we experienced it firsthand (in last week’s defeat against Saudi Arabia), anyone can play against you and win. Tomorrow we will start preparing while preparing for all the matches,” Messi said as he walked through the mixed zone of the 974 Stadium in Doha on Wednesday. Albiceleste beat Poland 2-0 On the third and last day of his key.
Three days after this game against the Poles, the clash against the Australians takes place on Saturday. Australia, who beat Denmark 1-0 in the Group D final, also played hours earlier on Wednesday.
“The truth is, it happens often. It’s the same for everyone. They played two hours ago. Today was the hottest day with the most humidity out of the three games we played. We put in extra effort, but we’ll try to rest and prepare better,” he assured.
La Albiceleste had a difficult time in Group C after losing the first match against Saudi Arabia (2-1), but then they turned things around by beating the Mexicans and Poland 2-0.
The incident with Lewandowski
Messi also spoke about the ‘incident’ with Robert Lewandowski in the final minutes of the game. The Polish forward missed Argentina by a drop.
Lewandowski went to apologize to Messi, and the Argentine didn’t see the Barcelona striker, staring off into infinity. After the match, the two players spent a few minutes on the pitch talking and hugging each other to maintain peace.
In the mixed zone, Leo Messi was asked about that moment: “I respect everyone, off the field, no problem”, he pointed out into the Onda Cero microphones.
‘La Bulga’ did not want to reveal what he had said to Lewandowski. “Nothing happens, nothing. He doesn’t speak Spanish… They taught me that everything that happens on the pitch stays on the pitch and everything that happens in the locker room stays in the locker room. Nothing is going to come out of my closeness.”
For his part, ‘Levy’ analyzed the matter in statements to the Polish press: “It was an interesting fight. The Leo thing is a curious fact. We exchanged a few words, but nothing special.”
A failed penalty
Finally, Messi mentioned The scoreboard was 0-0 and the penalty was lost against Poland. Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczysny guessed the strong shot and cleared it with his right hand.
“I’m angry for missing the penalty, but I think the team came out stronger after that mistake of mine. We know that the first goal will change the game”, analyzed the Argentina star, who beat Diego Armando Maradona in matches with the national team at the World Cup.