Published: Thursday, 10 March, 2022 17:1
10 March, 2022
Pep Guardiola has praised the role of the Argentine team and Lionel Scaloni. He affirms the manager of Manchester City that experience in football is not synonymous with success: “Experience in football is a big lie”.
“I have told my players when I was at Barcelona, at Bayern Munich and now here. In the 2005 Champions League final, the result was 3-0 at half-time in favor of Milan against Liverpool The Italian team had an experienced team with a thousand battles under their belts with players like Cafu, Maldini, Dida, Nesta, Gattuso, Pirlo, Crespo, Inzaghi… and they lost in 20 minutes.The illusion of young people like Scaloni and Aimar, who is also there, gave him what the group needed and it worked,” the Catalan said in an interview with ‘Olé’.
Guardiola believes that victory in the Copa América will be good for Qatar: “Winning the Copa América will help them in the World Cup in Qatar. I have the feeling that it is a team that has not lost for a long time and that gives them strength”.
“Also the fact of having Messi helps, that you know that he alone wins it over you. Or he doesn’t win over you but he has that ability to generate two or three actions out of nowhere that end in a goal or leaves only the teammates he has for forward, like Di María, Lautaro, Julián Álvarez… All those people who have ahead of them to create a game that generates strength,” he says.
He sees Leo Messi as the key figure in what could be his last World Cup: “I hope he gets to the World Cup well, that he trains well the months before. I don’t talk to him after the Copa América. It’s not easy being Messi and it was a liberation for him to win the championship. For me, Messi is everything in my career and he made me more competitive.”