World News

Emiliano Martinez hails Lionel Messi and looks ahead to the World Cup

Mudeet Arora
Emiliano Martinez speaks up about Lionel Messi
Emiliano Martinez speaks up about Lionel Messi / MB Media/GettyImages

Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez spoke up about Lionel Messi's fitness and Argentina's win against Uruguay in the World Cup qualifiers. He also revealed he is looking forward to the tournament in Qatar in 2022.

Martinez came up with one of his best goalkeeping performances in Argentina's 1-0 win after making a big save early in the game and came up with important blocks after his side had taken the lead.

As quoted by Mundo Albiceleste, while speaking to TyC Sports, Martinez said, "We knew it (the game) was going to be super difficult. Especially looking at yesterday’s results, they needed to gain (points) or to win. They played a great match, the pitch was very difficult, we couldn’t play much in the middle because it bounced a lot, it was very dry.

“Especially in the first half, in the second half there were a lot of crosses. I had one difficult one (cross) where I had to move. I panicked. The pitch was dry but it bounced fast. That’s the work of a goalkeeper, where sometimes you have to leave your foot back just in case. Today, I left it back and it helped me.”

Martinez then went on and spoke about Messi and said, "He always wants to be there. He’s an animal in training, he wanted to be at his maximum but he’s not 100%, he decided not to force it and to me it looks good."

Laying down the World Cup dream, Martinez stated, "We knew that winning today was going to be a big step. I don’t know if we are going to be at the World Cup but mathematically and looking at the other results, we gave ourselves a big step. We deserve everything because we work very well, like the kids who come here and want to be in the coach’s plans. That gives us pride."

Finally speaking about Argentina's game with Brazil on Tuesday, Martinez concluded, "I don’t know if there is revenge, they want the revenge. We are going to play at home, in the north of Argentina and we are anxious to give the people joy."