Argentina Coach Scaloni Praises Lautaro and Paredes

Argentina will kick off their World Cup Wednesday versus Saudi Arabia, and boss Lionel Scaloni will attempt to take home the trophy they haven’t won since 1986. The gaffer gave an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport and started by underlining the significance of the Copa America triumph.

“We took over a national team that lost three finals in a row. There was plenty of pessimism. That victory broke the spell. Lionel Messi took a weight off his shoulders. It had eluded them for a long time.”

Scaloni detailed how they rebuilt the Argentina squad.

“Our initial plan was to test out as many players as possible. Rodrigo De Paul is very physical. He’s intelligent tactically and improved a lot in Italy. His position evolved over the years and we exploited that. Leandro Paredes had the same trajectory as Andrea Pirlo, and he has a lot of technique. Everything is easier when he’s on the pitch. We like his verticality.”

The coach praised Lautaro Martinez.

“He’s a valuable piece for us. He has given us a lot as a player and a human. Since day one, we knew he would eventually be our top striker, with Sergio Aguero helping him at first. He was performing well at Inter. We were sure he’d be a pivotal player for us thanks to his youthful energy. He’s fully devoted to the cause and often answered the call-up even if he wasn’t in ideal conditions.”

Scaloni weighed in on Paulo Dybala picking Roma.

“It was an intelligent choice because he found a manager that uses him to the best of his capabilities. He has fit right in. He’s a spectacular person and he’s fundamental for the group.”

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