Lionel Scaloni press conference LIVE: the coach speaks ahead of the key duel with Mexico

Scaloni must leave his heart on the nightstand

The National Team is in a state of urgency on the second date of the group stage of the Qatar 2022 World Cup: those who are best must play to face Mexico

Rodrigo De Paul suffers and Ali Al-Hassan celebrates the victory of Saudi Arabia. The result requires changes to the Argentine coach (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez)

Bilardo called a chat after losing to Cameroon in the debut of Italy 90. The players arrived at the scene and his back was turned. He didn’t speak. He just made arrows on the board. From here to there he drew lines without saying anything at all. The players looked as dejected as they were surprised. Even the champions of Mexico ’86, who already knew him well, tried to guess while they waited for him to tell them something. Until suddenly the Doctor turned around and everyone faced him. He was crying. They saw how the tears fell. There he just exaggerated. “If they are going to eliminate us playing this badly, hopefully the plane crashes when we return to the country”. The only one who encouraged him was Diego. “Let me know which plane they’re going on so I’ll get off,” he said, actually maradonio, and managed to loosen up the atmosphere a bit… Although the devastating debut with Saudi Arabia brought to mind that film, no one asks so much of the Selection technician. Now, if it is as Bilardo himself thinks, that “great coaches see each other after losing”, Scaloni will have to make decisions and leave his heart on the nightstand.

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