Szczesny Looking Forward to Facing Messi and Argentina

Wojciech Szczesny provided a crucial contribution in the win over Saudi Arabia, denying a penalty kick and pulling off a few more great saves. He commented on his performance and preparation to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Parrying away a PK in the World Cup is the best a goalkeeper can hope for since we can’t score. However, the intervention on the rebound was more difficult. I can’t give all the credit to Juventus’ trainer Claudio Filippi, even though he’s very good. We found a method to analyze the opposing specialists. We have had avery good percentage of saves in the last two years, so it’s working.”

The shot-stopper is ready to take on Lionel Messi and Argentina.

“You come to the World Cup to face the best, and that’s want I want to do, with all due respect for Saudi players. It would be more difficult to stop his attempt because he can aim to any direction. I’ll prepare myself, hoping the referee doesn’t award another penalty kick like the one in the last game, which was non-existent.”

Szczesny will also square off against Lautaro Martinez.

“They have many great players, and he’s among them, but Juventus and Inter aren’t involved right now. We’re here with our national teams to chase after a positive result. I’m eager to play this clash. Maybe a tie will suffice for us to go through. I’d gladly take a nil-nil. It’s already a success for us to be here, since it can’t be taken for granted, as Italy proves. There are many good teams, and we’ll try to do the best we can.”

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