Kempes: Argentina were 11 strangers

Argentina legend Mario Kempes has described his nation’s football as ’11 strangers’ who ‘could not play as a team’.

Kempes – who spent a combined seven years in two spells at Valencia and won the 1978 World Cup with Argentina – was scathing of his side after the match.

“There’s only one Messi and football is played with 11 players,” Kempes is cited as saying by Diario AS.

“However, Argentina looked to be 11 friends together playing football but they were strangers and they were not a team.

“The first half gave me enthusiasm, it was not too bad, but the second half was awful and a total catastrophe.

“Higuain would take the chance he had (early in the game) 51 times out of 50 for Juventus but it does not happen for him with Argentina and I do not know why.

“Messi cannot play as the goalkeeper, the defender, the winger, assist goals and score them.

“I don’t know why Icardi is not in our team as he played well against Uruguay and this team needs new blood, I liked Meza but we need many more.”

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