Mascherano, after the U-20 defeat against Brazil: "We were not up to it"

The technical director of the Argentine National Team Sub 20, Javier Mascheranomade a hard self-criticism after the loss to Brazilfor the third date of Group A of the South American Championship In colombia. “I have to be honest with myself and with everyone: we were not up to it”, he declared after the game.

La Albiceleste fell 3 to 1 before the Verdeamarela and remained almost last in the group tablewith the same number of points (0) as Peru, although with one game less.

During the match against the cariocas, the National Team was dominated for practically the entire 90 minutes, missed a penalty and managed to discount only with a header from Maximilian Gonzalez seconds from the end. “We were vastly outmatched”Mascherano admitted.

DT’s strong self-criticism is not isolated: Argentina had already suffered a previous defeat, against Paraguay, by 2 to 1. In that context, The Selection must win the next two matches (before Peru and Colombia) to aspire to the classificationand will depend on the results of the other teams. “The only one responsible for all this is me”followed the former captain of the Senior Selection.

“It is a sad and bitter night”recognized Mascherano, who added: “It hurts, because we had the illusion of playing a good game against a great rival, because we had done it before against them.”

The detail of Mascherano’s analysis after the defeat against Brazil

The look of the DT of the Sub 20 Selection was very negative in the minutes after the classic. “It’s hard to find positives. In the second half we tried to mess up the game a bit and look for something different, but it was very difficult for us. Especially in the first half, we gave away the first 30 minutes ”, he marked.

Argentina had a clear chance to tie when the game was 1-0, with a penalty that the goalkeeper from Rio de Janeiro, Mycaelsaved the Argentine Gino Infantino. When asked if the conversion had changed the course of the game, Mascherano replied: “It would be looking for an excuse. I think that from minute 0 we did not enter the game, we could never build good game, it costed us. One of the few isolated plays was in the penalty play”.

In the same sense, he ruled regarding the injury of the defender Augustine Giay, with a great performance in the tournament, who sprained his ankle and had to leave the field of play. “Injuries are part of the game, there is no excuse”, he asserted.

Argentina will play the Next Wednesday, January 26, at 7:00 p.m. –Argentine time–, against Peru. Afterwards, they will close the group stage against Colombia. Faced with these instances, Mascherano assured that work will be done to “understand why we do not dare to do what we are used to”.

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