“Scaloni has built a team that has made history”

“Scaloni has built a team that has made history”
“Scaloni has built a team that has made history”

Houston (USA), Jul 3 (EFE).- Félix Sánchez Bas, coach of the Ecuadorian national team, said on Wednesday that Lionel Scaloni “has built a team that has made history” and it is an honor to compete against a team of this level.

“Scaloni has built something that has made history. A team that, as a spectator, I like to watch play and it is an honour to be able to play against a team of this level,” said the Spanish coach at the official press conference prior to the quarter-final match that will be played at the NRG Stadium in Houston.

Félix Sánchez said that when preparing for the match, it is not so important whether Leo Messi plays or not. “Obviously, he is a player who makes the difference. We have played against them with him and without him.”

“The model hasn’t changed. They have managed to create a group and a very defined style of play, with nuances but defined. We have to be prepared for any situation and, based on that, adjust,” he added.

For the Ecuadorian coach, the quarter-final match will be “totally different” from the friendly they played in Chicago three weeks ago and he admits that his team will have to do something more because they are obliged to win.

“We have to try to compete in the best way possible against a team that is difficult to score against. They are very solid and have many offensive variables.”

“We have to change something to try to compete. In the previous matches we were close in terms of results, but now we have to win to qualify. We have to try to play a match that can give us that option,” he said.

Regarding the influence that Argentina having had an extra day of rest may have, he said: “There are factors that cannot be controlled, such as the calendar. We have to focus on recovering. We had matches that were very demanding physically and mentally, but I think that once we got to this point, it’s 90 minutes and everyone is fine. There is a lot of commitment and we are aware of what is at stake.”

Enner Valencia facing the most important match of his career

For his part, the forward and captain of La Tri, Enner Valencia, said that he is facing the “most important” match of his career and that he takes it that way.

Valencia is not obsessed with being the first player to beat goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez in this Copa América.

“My dream is that we can qualify, not to score against Dibu,” said the forward, who acknowledged that his rival at the back has not suffered much “so far” and that is why “it is a great challenge.”

(c) EFE Agency

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