Remind me why we are here again?
César Luis asked as he fidgeted, clearly uncomfortable
They sat round the table in a dark quiet room, a clandestine who’s who of Argentine football, gathered for a single purpose, all of them legends in their own right. But a single chair was left unoccupied.
“To discuss the Africans in our world cup group Nigeria”. Gaucho replied. ‘He’ is worried
“Ridiculous” said César. “He is always worried! We are assured of three points against Nigeria, they can never . . .He trailed off . . .the room became so quiet they could hear each other’s heartbeats
God walked in! He was perhaps the greatest ever to have played the game! He strode over to his seat with purpose, face grimly set, eyes burning with fire
The customary hugs and kisses were not exchanged. It was straight to business
“We have been grouped with the Nigerians again.” He said. “Do I need to be bothered?”
There is some concern El Diez , this was Valdano speaking, one who himself had won the World Cup. “They’ve been solid in the qualifiers and they did just beat us 2 weeks ago”
“Pfft!” César retorted “ That game counts for nothing! Yes they can be dangerous, but they are naïve and never reach their potential!
Claudio rose to speak, He was the head of the Association. Cesar is right El Diez. We lost because Le Puga was not available and Kun was hit with some strange affliction.”
There is nothing to fear. We are Albiceleste! Albiceleste!!
“Gentlemen, As u all know I manage the team currently” a voice spoke from the back of the room, “Let our arrogance not be our undoing”
”The Nigeria are quick, very quick and unpredictable! We had the upper hand at first in the friendly but they showed great spirit to eventually get a result”
And now they have mercenaries, Gringos playing for the Africans, the one on the right that came on in the 2nd half had Angel Di Maria in his pocket all night!
The German tactician has worked magic.. they are a different side… more organized…professional & if anything they possess more talent, young, hungry, fast and skillful players
The boy from Leicester is like a tank! He never tires!
And Mikel . . .Mikel is like la chamber Orchestra making the game personal! Pulling the strings in the middle !
They can be vulnerable yes but as of now I would say they possess a serious threat!
God stood up ! He’d heard enough! He spoke slowly letting his words sink in
We were finalists last year, qualification from a group such as ours is non-negotiable. We found a way to beat them in 94 and we have beat them on all 4 occasions. Find a way!
He turned to leave quickly his steps still assured for one his age yet It was evident to all seated in the room, God was worried!