Fri 25 November 2022 | 15:34

“We just took a blow” - Scaloni refuses to change Argentina’s style

Argentina suffered a shocking defeat in their World Cup opener as they lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia. Despite the pressure on the manager, Scaloni refuses to change his philosophy.

Saudi Arabia

came from behind to win 2-1 against Argentina on Tuesday in front of an 88,012 crowd. The result brought Argentina's run of 36 games without a defeat to an end. As a result, Saudi Arabia become the first non-European team to beat Argentina at the World Cup since Cameroon in 1990.

However, speaking ahead of

Albi Seleste

’s second group game against Mexico,


insists his side’s playing style is out of question. He said:

"We watched the game back [against Saudi Arabia] but now we are thinking about Mexico which will be entirely different.

"But the way we will play will be similar, we won't change our style due to what happened on Tuesday, that's clear. Mexico are an excellent team, an offensive team with a great coach. But we have a style that is non-negotiable.

"We might have taken a blow in the opening match but we need to stick to our guns and approach it in the same way.

"When you have a blow you have to bounce back and the squad is ready to do that. We know there is a full country behind us and the fans can take confidence that the team will break their backs until the very last seconds they are on the pitch so we can reverse this difficult situation."

Scaloni further confirmed captain

Lionel Messi

has no issue to play against Mexico.

"He trained well and he's feeling well,"

he added. "

More than ever we need everyone, and I am sure everything will play out. We have no issues with his physical level


The Inter star

Lautaro Martinez

added on the importance of the game:

"Tomorrow is a big match for us. It's like a final because we need to win. It will be a very important match for our future but we've proved that we have the players and the quality and for a game like this that will be key.

"There is no pressure because we rely on our work. We are confident, have trust in our technical staff and every player. We are keeping calm and confident and will do everything for our fans."



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