Angel DI MARIA spoke about the pain of losing three finals.
Angel DI MARIA commented about losing the three finals, his injuries, Lionel MESSI and more. Speaking to ESPN Radio, here’s what he had to say:
“I still haven’t recovered emotionally. From the 2014 World Cup final until today, I think it will always be there and will continue to be the same pain and suffering for having lost three straight finals. It’s tough to recover. Thank God football gives you the chance for revenge and we have the chance to do well in the Qualifiers to reach yet another World Cup.”
On his injuries in the finals:
“These are high stress moments with a lot of anxity and lots of matches. Knowing that one represents his country has a lot of influence in one’s head. I’ve thought about it a lot and I’ve talked to a lot of people. I try not to let it happen, to take the pressure away from the big matches. I didn’t do therapy but I did speak to people to help me. In a club, it can happen because you play a match every two or three days but with the National Team, it’s happening when you reach the important matches or big moments, things like that and one tries his best not only on but off the pitch as well.”
On Lionel MESSI:
“He’s a very important player and we can’t not have him on the National Team. Thanks to him we’ve gotten where we’ve gotten in the World Cup and in two Copa America’s. It shows in every National Team match that he’s the guy and that we try to help him reach the objective. At times you get criticized a lot, you can get rushed and not think at that time and say things.”
“We’re all coming back and we’re all very anxious about playing in another World Cup.”