Leandro Paredes, figure of juventus and the Argentine National Team, assured that “never” I thought they would lose the world final against France in Qatar, a month after the consecration”more important” of his career.
“I never thought that the final would escape us, as it happened to me that I never thought that we would be left out against Mexico or in other games. The sensations at halftime of the final were more than good, they made two changes and showed weakness, but this is football and it is not explained how they tied us 2-2 in just minutes”, commented Leandro Paredes in an interview with T&C Sports.
“People let you know what we got and so you slowly fall. I watch the final almost every night and undoubtedly the shortcut of drawing at the last minute he gave us the World Cup. If they scored against us, we would lose the game”, he recalled about the meeting.
Paredes came from executing his last five penalties, between the Italian club and the National Team, in a crossed manner and did not change against the French Hugo Lloris: “I knew he was going to throw that way but I kicked hard and, despite my slip, the ball went in.”. “We know that drawing Martínez saves you at least one penalty and that gives us a lot of peace of mind, “he said about one of the idols of the selected team.
In addition, the central midfielder, one of those close to Lionel Messi, commented that at the end he told the star: “At last we are world champions”, and hugged him. “We talked to Leo (Messi) and Ángel (Di María) so that they can continue at least a few more games, we want them to enjoy being world champions. The ‘Fide’ had said that he would leave no matter what, but we convinced him, ”he advanced.
The emotional anecdote with Lo Celso and De Paul
The prelude to the final also left some pearls like when with rodrigo de paul and the disaffected Giovani Lo Celso they went to the props and learned a candle to ask for”the same desire”.
The spicy match against the Netherlands
“The hottest match of the World Cup was against the Netherlands, before, during and after the match. They added 10 minutes to us, something rare, and all that made it epic. I threw a ball at those on the substitute bench because as soon as I recovered a ball they jumped asking for a foul, I warmed up and got away from being kicked out because one of them pushed me hard. They were not going to throw out two players in one game, ”he explained.
“Louis Van Gaal (Coach of the Netherlands national team) he made the mistake of disrespecting him and the National Team, Leo doesn’t like those things, in fact he never disrespected anyone. When Messi said “go over there, stupid” I was two meters away, I didn’t get to see the preview to give details but I was hot from everything I had experienced, ”said Paredes about the reaction of his partner.
Efforts to reach the World Cup in Qatar
“I did not arrive in the best physical way, I came from a long break and with a lot of suffering due to different injuries when compensating and misstepping. I made a great effort to be there but I was aware that not being one hundred percent was going to cost me a lot. Luckily great colleagues emerged, of enormous level, and they made it barbaric, ”he acknowledged.
The request for Scaloni to continue in command of the Argentine National Team
“For us it is the most important thing we have, he put together a huge group and is the driver of this bus. It will be important to everyone that he stays. We know you wanted to continue, hopefully you continue this path with us”, he opined.
“We have goals ahead of us with the National Team and with our clubs. We know what we have achieved, we are lucky to be one of the world champions of our country but we must continue with the Qualifiers and the Copa América in 2024”, said the former Boca Juniors player.