‘What can be done with Messi?’ How Poland sweated over final moments of their game, trying to not to pick yellow cards against Messi

Even because the information got here within the dying minutes that that Mexico have been beating Saudi Arabia, and so they can’t afford to offer a objective to Argentina, Poland footballers began to sweat. Their primary concern was Leo Messi.

Midfielder Piotr Zielinski, talking to the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, would share particulars of the directions from their teaching group from the dug out.

“The wait was not simple. They yelled at us from the substitute bench to not obtain yellow playing cards and to not obtain one other objective, as a result of that might determine the classification. However what will be performed with Messi forward? We keep away from fouling him and receiving yellow playing cards , and happily we have been capable of qualify for the spherical of 16,” Zielinski instructed the newspaper.

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Zielinkski even thought, he says, about approaching a couple of Argentine gamers he is aware of personally to inform them to go simple.

“At one level I needed to ask the Argentines I do know from the Italian league to decelerate. They already had first place for positive,” he mentioned.

“However I held again as a result of it could be unsportsmanlike and I don’t like conditions like that ,” confessed Zielinkski.

Argentina, who received Group C, will face Australia on Saturday and Poland faces France on Sunday.

The Argentine coach Lionel Scaloni has already aired his anger on the schedule.

“I believe it’s absolute insanity to play in almost two days and a bit after we are prime of the group. I can’t perceive it,” Scaloni instructed media after their final sport ended simply earlier than midnight.

“What time is it? Almost one o’clock within the morning … Thursday, the following day is for preparation after which we play. These aren’t good circumstances nevertheless it’s the identical for everybody. We’re first within the group. We might have had extra relaxation.”

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