THE BALL – “Otamendi is probably the best central defender in the World Cup” (World Cup 2022)

Former proper again and now tv journalist tyc sports activities was in Qatar after the World Cup. He performed alongside Aimar and Saviola at River Plate, now follows the meteoric rise of Enzo and surrenders to Otamendi and launches the closing in opposition to France.

Can Argentina win?
– It’s arduous. Finals video games are at all times shut, it is arduous to inform who will win. Even extra so contemplating that the opponent is France, an skilled group that received the earlier World Cup. That takes the stress off France. Argentina hasn’t received a World Cup in years [desde 1978] and that is a bonus for France, which has few weaknesses. If we analyze the French group by sectors or individually we all know that it has few weak factors.

And what are Argentina’s strengths?
– The perspective of the group is a distinct perspective throughout the Scaloni period. He has managed to impose himself in unhealthy occasions, in this World Cup and earlier than. The best is proven when situations are tougher or hostile. It has character. And there is Messi. It was the best World Cup of his life. When you will have the best in the world, how will you not consider you’ll be able to win? It is an asset to Argentina. Then there is an excellent goalkeeper [Emiliano Martínez]🇧🇷 Any champion wants a superb goalkeeper. We probably have the best central defender to attain, Otamendi. He is one among the two or three best central defenders in this World Cup. And, lastly, there are younger individuals who give the group the closing type, Mac Allister, Enzo [Fernández] and Julian Alvarez.

What does Enzo’s provide in Argentina that Argentina would not?
– I’ve mentioned it many occasions: you will have a novel persona and character. He is a boy, he is 21 years outdated and he has all the time forward of him. But when it is a small group [Defensa y Justicia] for River Plate, he performs the similar approach. And it additionally remained the similar after the switch from River to Benfica. Become a group proprietor [do Benfica] or a minimum of rose to the heights of the group. It did not appear to take any time to regulate. It offers Argentina character. Smart in soccer, he offers the group vertical move, ahead move. Argentina, at first, didn’t danger a lot. He was in hazard. His passes are efficient, let you acquire areas between the strains, discover gamers in offensive positions. Argentina would not have anybody treating the ball like that.

Do you are feeling you improved at Benfica?
– Doing the similar in tougher areas means it has improved. When you make the soar, typically it’s important to look forward to the adjustment. He did it simply. And we have seen it proceed to evolve and mature, recreation after recreation. The most spectacular factor is that he is solely 21 years outdated. The restrict is too far.

What is the restrict?
– Play in an elite group in the world, the ones talked about, Real Madrid, Premier League, Barcelona. And preserve doing the similar.

Are you stunned that Enzo signed for Benfica?
– No. In Argentina, in South America, we see Portugal as a superb nation for gamers coming to Europe. This is an necessary time. Portugal lives soccer in the similar approach as us, the traits of the recreation are the similar and the gamers are snug there. And in Portugal you get the European ballast, the groups play in the Champions League. That’s why the representatives of the gamers are in search of him, in order that they will dwell totally in Europe.

18 million [€10 milhões mais €8 milhões por objetivos por 75 por cento do passe] Is the switch good for River or for Benfica?
– The quantity paid by Benfica is excellent for Argentine soccer. And River nonetheless will get a proportion of the move and may nonetheless make some huge cash. Benfica talks about different values. It’s a superb deal for each golf equipment.

How a lot is it price now?
– Enzo is price €100 million. Real Madrid simply purchased Endrick [avançado brasileiro de 16 anos do Palmeiras, por €35 milhões mais €25 milhões por objetivos] for a barbarity of cash and he is not a confirmed participant, like Enzo, who has already confirmed himself in Benfica, in the Champions League and in the World Cup.

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