Martin Demichelis in ‘no doubt’ Argentina will reach World Cup 2022 final in Qatar


Argentina will contest the World Cup final on December 18 in Qatar, according to former defender Martin Demichelis.

New River Plate head coach Martin Demichelis is in “no doubt” that Argentina will make it to the World Cup final.

Argentina were last world champions when Diego Maradona inspired a triumph in Mexico in 1986, and have since lost in the finals of the 1990 and 2014 tournaments.

Demichelis made 51 appearances for his country between 2005 and 2016, appearing at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups in South Africa and Brazil.

The 41-year-old was unveiled as the new River Plate boss on Wednesday and is confident La Albiceleste will progress to the Qatar 2022 final on 18 December.

“We’re a few days away from the start of the World Cup, so I want to wish [Lionel] Scaloni a successful World Cup, all the players, all the staff,” said the former Manchester City and Bayern Munich defender.

“A very special mention for the only Argentinian player who has also joined the team and who is ours: Franco [Armani], who we have to support 100%. Congratulations to him.

“I have no doubt that Argentina will play all seven games. I believe that by coming just seven days before the World Cup, when normally the team always works for three, four or five weeks, Argentina have the advantage that comes with a very solid base, with good energy, with a very strong emotional determination.

“I have no doubt that Argentina will play all seven games. I wish them all the best.”

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