Argentine star Lionel Messi admitted that his country’s 2-1 loss to his Saudi counterpart on Tuesday in the World Cup in Qatar constituted a “harsh blow” and “painful defeat”, according to his statements in the mixed area of Lusail Stadium.
Argentina suffered a surprising defeat at the start of its campaign in Group C for the finals, which is supposed to be the last for Messi, who admitted: Because of the five minutes of mistakes we made, we lost 2-1, and it was really difficult, we lost the organization and started chasing the ball.
“We knew they would play well if we let them,” he said. They did not surprise us, and we knew that Saudi Arabia could do that. It is a very harsh blow, a painful defeat, but we must not lose confidence in ourselves. This group of players will not give up. We will try to beat Mexico on Saturday in the second game.
The 35-year-old believed that he had put his country on the right track to win the three points at the start of its campaign in Group C by scoring the lead from a penalty kick, but Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dosari turned the tables at the start of the second half and gave their country a historic victory.
The French star of Paris Saint-Germain pointed out: The goal that was scored quickly at the beginning of the second half weakened us, we knew there was a possibility that we would not play in the best way in the first match. We didn’t find our pace of play, the style of work we showed for a long time, and as the minutes went by and the score was against us, things got more difficult.
When asked about the feeling of the Argentine team after the match, Messi replied with “disappointment”, repeating: It is a very harsh blow. We didn’t think we’d start out like this. We thought we would start well, with three points, as we said before the game.
And he continued: If this victory had been achieved, it would have made us more comfortable. But this group of players is distinguished by its unity, its solidity. It’s time for us to be more together than ever before. To go back to the basics and our way of playing.