Lionel Scaloni believes Argentina’s 2-2 friendly draw in Germany was possibly the team’s finest performance under him.
Lucas Alario and Lucas Ocampos’ second-half goals completed an impressive comeback for Argentina in Germany, and provided coach Scaloni with a timely boost following a difficult run of results.
The 41-year-old has struggled at times since replacing Jorge Sampaoli following that disastrous 2018 World Cup showing.
Critics have frequently slammed Scaloni’s selections along with Argentina’s poor display at the recent Copa America. It’s left him with a tally of six wins, three draws and defeats in his opening 12 games in charge.
However, La Albiceleste’s comeback from two goals down against Germany has seemingly provided him with a boost.
When quizzed on if that was the team’s best performance under his leadership, Scaloni told reporters: “Possibly, yes, considering the opponent, but we had great games before, with our attitude.
“What stands out, aside from the performance, was the attitude of wanting to overcome the score and not give the match away. That was our team’s greatest virtue in the second half.
“It was a complicated match at 2-0, and it could’ve ended badly for us, but we read the match properly.
“What we were supposed to do in the first half didn’t happen. In the second half it did. We’ve matured lot, that’s what these matches are all about; growing for the future, with complicated things ahead.”
Scaloni added: “I think it [the second half] was the same as the first half, with the distinction that we didn’t commit any mistakes at ball clearances.
“We had four mistakes in the first period; two of them were goals, the other two weren’t.
“In these kinds of games, what matters is the functionality over the score. Logically, if we don’t lose, it’s better. The score comes second, most important is the performance.
“In the second half, I’ll say it again, we saw another Argentina, a more decisive Argentina that knew what to do.”
Argentina will next visit Ecuador for one last friendly on Sunday.