A dream 2021 for the Argentine national team ended. After 28 years of drought, the Major was able to cut the curse and was crowned champion in the unforgettable consecration after defeating Brazil in the definition of the Copa América in the mythical stadium Maracana. In that feat that ended 1-0 thanks to Ángel Di María’s goal, one of the figures of the match was Rodrigo De Paul.
As with the tournament that ended with a title for Argentina, the current Atlético Madrid midfielder It was a key piece for Lionel Scaloni’s team to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup with four dates in advance. What’s more, just like several months ago in Rio de Janeiro, the Albiceleste No. 7 showed all its dynamics and effort in the Bicentennial de San Juan against the same rival. The result was different, but after Ecuador’s victory in Chile, the team celebrated again in the dressing room.
Once the match ended in the Cuyo province, De Paul took the opportunity to talk about what it was like to experience another match against Brazil, this time as locals, and left a sharp comment about the recent past. “We gave one more example of the effort and commitment that this Selection has. These classics are the cutest of all. We wanted to give people a win and we played a lot at each other. We knew that they were also going to want to come and find … I don’t know if the rematch, but surely they have that thorn“Said the former Racing Club in dialogue with TyC Sports.
Immediately afterwards, the midfielder who became a fixture of the starting team, took stock of a year that will be unforgettable for this new group of players who came to the team with the confirmation of Scaloni as DT.
“Today we closed the year very well. If we do an analysis, it was beautiful. What we live with the people, the America’s Cup. It is round. I still haven’t thought about it, but now that everything is over I will analyze what it was for the Argentine National Team and I will be very happy “he confessed.
Once the classification for the next World Cup was confirmed after the defeat of the trans-Andean team, De Paul used his social networks to celebrate in a special way and with dedication. The flyer published the photo that the headlines were taken before the start of the game against the Brazilians with a banner in support of Sergio Agüero that read: “Let’s go Kun with everything.” With that image, Rodrigo wrote: “QATAR, THERE WE GO 🇶🇦👊🏽 You are part of all this @kunaguero 💙🤍”.
Despite having had to wait more than half an hour until the end of the match between Chileans and Ecuadorians to close day 14 of the Qualifiers, part of the squad began to celebrate in the locker room. And one of those who showed the intimacy of Argentine joy for the passage to Qatar was Nicolas Otamendi. The center marker uploaded a photo next to “His soul brother” De Paul after having a few beers and both shared that the goal of being World Cup in 2022 was met.