Third goalkeeper of the Albiceleste, Franco Armani returned in detail to the fateful penalty shootout at Les Bleus. Nothing was left to chance on the Argentinian side.
Argentina signed a rare performance at the World Cup, imitating Croatia in 2018 or Italy at the last Euro. Eight days after triumphing over the Netherlands on penalties, the Albiceleste did it again against the Blues in the final. Ignoring a match scenario that could leave them with big regrets, Lionel Scaloni’s men had the nerves strong enough to win 4 shots on goal to 2.
While the Argentinians proved infallible in the exercise, Kingsley Coman came up against Emiliano Martinez and Aurélien Tchouameni missed the target. But according to Franco Armani, the third goalkeeper of the Albiceleste, this success on penalties owes nothing to chance. Because the world champions have carefully prepared the exercise. “Following what we had analyzed, the guys started shooting and with Gerónimo Rulli we helped Dibu, always taking things seriously”, he explained in an interview with TyC Sports.
Everything has been studied
“It could be on details but as soon as we saw something, we told Dibu, who naturally took the advice, he continued. We formed a very good working group because we had a lot of confidence. Everyone was able to express themselves and share their knowledge. Everything was studied and of course it went as we had planned. » Or almost…
Because the destabilization work that Emiliano Martinez did during the penalty shootout, whether with Aurélien Tchouameni or Randal Kolo Manui, had not been repeated. “It’s something that comes naturally to him when he’s on the pitch,” assured Franco Amran. He didn’t share anything with us. I like him very much, he is an excellent boy. The public likes it very much. »