Before the 2022 World Cup, Lionel Scaloni was worried as expectations for the Argentina team grew. He confided that to Lionel Messi and received advice from the captain of La Albiceleste.
December 18, Argentina defeated France to become the 2022 World Cup champion. No success comes easily, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni himself is well aware of that. So right after winning the World Championship, he publicly shared his conversation with Messi before the World Cup, a conversation that the Argentine strategist considered “very good”.
Before the 2022 World Cup took place, Scaloni was very worried. He shared his worries with the La Albiceleste captain about the fans’ expectations increasing after each match of the national team.
“I had a private conversation with Messi after the match against Brazil in San Juan, when we qualified for the 2022 World Cup finals. I spoke with Messi before he returned to Paris because I feel that what is coming will be very difficult, because we are people with high expectations, the higher the expectations, the greater the disappointment,” Scaloni said.
“I told Messi that the disappointment could be huge, because everyone is so excited about this World Cup. Messi told me: ‘What’s the problem? We will continue to try, so everything will definitely go well, and if things don’t go well, it won’t matter because we tried our best.” I was surprised by the statement. of Messi”.
The coach of the Argentina team remembered Messi’s answer, for him it was a big mental turning point. So when Argentina succeeds, he wants all Argentina fans to know what Messi said.
“At that time, Messi gave me a huge motivation. At that time, I didn’t know if I was too worried or not because people were expecting a lot from us and we had to bring the fans satisfaction.” .
I said what I was worried about and through Messi’s answer, I realized that the team is going in the right direction. This is a story that I want everyone to know because it is very good,” Scaloni concluded.