Shortly after Argentina secured victory in Brazil’s own backyard, Lionel Scaloni dropped a surprising hint over his future.
Lionel Scaloni has said that he thinking about whether to resign from his post as Argentina manager.
The 45-year-old announced this development after overseeing a 1-0 victory in Brazil. The win on Tuesday kept Argentina two points clear of Uruguay at the top of the South American World Cup qualification table.
“Argentina needs a coach who has all the energy possible and who is well,” Scaloni said at a press conference.
“I need to stop the ball and start thinking, I have a lot of things to think about during this time.
“It’s not goodbye or anything, but I need to think because the bar is very high and it’s complicated to keep going and it’s complicated to keep winning. These guys are making it difficult, so I need to think about it for a while. I will talk to the FA president and the players afterward.”
Scaloni has been in charge of Argentina since August 2018, when he replaced Jorge Sampaoli. His appointment came after a short spell leading the under-20 team.
The former right-back has recorded 48 victories, 12 draws, and only six defeats in 66 matches.
In 2021, Argentina won the Copa America under Scaloni to end a 28-year title drought. They later defeated European champions Italy 3-0 in the Finalissima in June 2022, before winning the World Cup in Qatar later that year.