Sunday, 29 January, 2023
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Final Quotes

Final Quotes

“They gave me a way of understanding, of never giving up, and of never going against anyone else, but to always go forwards. Today it paid off! I was lucky to be here and I'm thankful to everyone.”
    
Lionel Scaloni,
Argentina manager

 

“It was a very complicated match, they came back to equalise in the game but it was our destiny to suffer. All that I have dreamed of has been achieved. I have no words for it. I was calm during the penalty shoot-out, and everything went as we wanted.”
Emilano Martinez,
Argentina goalkeeper
        

 

“We are very disappointed of course, we gave everything. We had to face a lot of obstacles during the competition, we gave up nothing. For an hour we were not in the game. We could have won too. I’m very proud of this group and of being French. We keep our heads high.”  

Rafael Varane,
France defender

 

“It was like a boxing match, we went blow for blow. We didn’t give up. We needed a winner and it was decided on penalties. That's always cruel. We are empty. We must congratulate Argentina who played a great tournament and a great final.”

Hugo Lloris,
France captain

 

“I’ll never forget it. We had to suffer but we deserved to win. We’ve beaten the last champions, it’s a joy I cannot put into words. I’m proud of being born in Argentina and today we are on top of the world.”

Rodrigo De Paul,
Argentina defender