Juan Roman Riquelme on Argentina: “They play as a team, not a national team”


Juan Roman Riquelme spoke about the Argentine national team and the coaching staff.

Roman Riquelme played for Argentina in the one FIFA World Cup in 2006 and was instrumental in the team. Now that he is retired, Riquelme has spoken to ESPN about the Argentine national team. Here is what he said:

“The team is there to compete with the best. You have to realize that the team is doing well. I believe Argentina has an advantage that I did not see for a long time in the Argentine team. That is, they are already playing as a team, not as a national team and it is difficult to achieve with Argentina.

“They already know each other, they have games and they have the best player in the world preparing for the World Cup and I am very happy that it will go well for us.”

Riquelme also mentioned the coaching staff:

“There is Aimar, Samuel, Scaloni, who has been out of the Youth World Cup since 1997 in Malaysia. Time goes by fast, the only thing that can be fixed. With Ayala, we had the opportunity to participate in the 2006 World Cup. They are all good people, I love them very much, I always want them to do well in the big team, in the emerging teams that Mascherano and Placente work on. It gives me great joy to see them work and enjoy it. ”

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