Ecuador’s Argentine coach: Messi can become world champion

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2022-11-26 | Since 2 Month

Ecuador’s Argentine coach

Doha, 26 November 2022 - Ecuador’s Argentine national soccer coach Gustavo Alfaro sees a realistic chance for the title for the team around superstar Lionel Messi, despite the false start of his home country Argentina.

“The Argentine team has everything you need to become world champions,” said the 60-year-old after his team’s 1-1 draw against the Netherlands. Argentina could already be eliminated against Mexico after the 1: 2 in the World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

“It was painful. But if they manage to come out of it stronger, they can become world champions,” Alfaro said, referring to the title contender’s false start. The coach recalled the 2010 World Cup, when eventual title winners Spain lost at the start of the World Cup.

Alfaro said he wanted to have a “celebration of football” for the explosive clash between Argentina and Mexico. He doesn’t want to choose sides, including with regard to Mexico’s Argentina coach Gerardo Martino. “It’s a conflict of interest. I wish they both make it to the round of 16.”


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