Assistant Lionel Scaloni has revealed how the idea of putting the current Benfica player on the left in the World Cup final came about
A year on, Argentina is still inextricably linked to the world champion title they won in Qatar, and even more than 365 days later, previously unheard-of stories continue to unfold. One of them was shared by Matias Manna, Lionel Scaloni’s assistant – who is responsible for analyzing competitors – and relates to the moment that prompted the Argentine coach to “design” in his head the idea of placing Angel Di Maria playing on the left in the 2022 World Cup final against France.
“Angel played some matches there, against Peru, for example. All the decisions are made by the coach, in his head. He was coming back from injury, overloaded… We were watching the France-Morocco match and there was movement.” For a Moroccan player called Boufal, who is in the Premier League, a left winger, we were watching the match with Leo, with his children in the office, and there were two or three matches for this player to play on Kounde, who is the complete player. Mathias Manna said to the Urbana Play channel: “I think this is The most important decision in the history of Argentine football. – The centre-back in France. “If Angel plays, he should be there,” he says.
By Fabio Lima
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