Emy Martinez criticizes Mbappe ahead of the World Cup
Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has criticized Kylian Mbappe ahead of the long-awaited final of the World Cup “Qatar 2022” between Argentina and France.
Today (Sunday), the two remaining teams will go head-to-head at the Lusail Stadium in search of World Cup glory.
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Earlier this year, Paris Saint Germain’s French superstar Mbappe claimed that South American football is not as advanced as the game in Europe.
“The advantage we have in Europe is that we play each other with high-level matches all the time, such as the League of Nations.”
“When we reach the World Cup we are ready, while Brazil and Argentina do not have this level in South America. Football is not as advanced as in Europe. This is the reason why in the last World Cups, it is always the Europeans who win”, Mbappe declared.
Before today’s game, Argentina goalkeeper Martinez criticized Mbappe for his comments.
“He doesn’t know enough about football. He has never played in South America. When you don’t have this experience, it might be better not to talk about it. But it doesn’t matter. We are a big team, known as such”, said Martinez.
Martinez’s team-mate Lionel Messi, who also shares the PSG dressing room with Mbappe, agreed with his goalkeeper.
“Many times we have talked about this in Spain. When we came back from a qualifier, we said to them, ‘You don’t know how difficult it would be for you to qualify for the World Cup if you had to go there, in the altitude, in the heat, in Venezuela'” , Messi had said before.
Indeed, the qualifying process in South America is completely different from Europe. 10 nations in CONMEBOL fight for only four automatic places and one play-off place.
While 55 European countries have been divided into 10 groups to fight for 13 places in the World Cup.
Argentina are looking to win their third world title today, while France are looking to defend their trophy from 2018.