We asked a longtime friend of Soviet Sport, the best football player of the USSR in 1972 Evgenia Lovcheva share your thoughts from the tournament.

What surprised you the most these days?

– Not to say that something surprised. Well, except that today they watched in the Match TV studio how they celebrated the victory over Argentina in Saudi Arabia. Machine guns were fired, sheikhs were embracing, there were mass festivities in the streets. The whole country is celebrating. You understand what joy football can give people.

The championship is gradually unwinding. It has never been that the favorites or future champions from the first match began to show incredible football.

– But there is already one sensation: Argentina lost and now its entry into the playoffs is in question.

– I think the Argentines will come out.

– Unknown. Try the Mexicans, beat them. The Poles are also not a gift. There are so many conversations everywhere: the great Messi should become world champion. It will be fair to him and football.

– Messi is a great football player, but not the dressing room leader like Maradona. That very average team could pull out to the final and win. As it was at the World Cup in 1986.

– I agree, Messi had strong partners in the national team in different years, and the World Cup did not submit. The French national team has not been pleased with the game lately, but yesterday they simply smashed Australia to smithereens. What kind of transformation?

– There, several players had to set records for goals at once, so they did. Moreover, the French were the first to concede at the beginning of the match, which also spurred them on. And yet, I think they looked at Argentina, decided to immediately get down to business.

If we talk about waiting, before all the world championships I waited with great interest. But what UEFA and FIFA have done to our football has spoiled the mood a lot.

Source: Sovsport

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