5/26/2018 7:55:35 PM (GMT+3)

We could cope with anything in 90s, said Caniggia

We could cope with anything in 90s, said Caniggia

KOLKATA, India: The image of Claudio Caniggia’s long golden hair is still etched in our memory. His form and partnership with Diego Maradona at the FIFA 1990 World Cup was one of the highlights in Argentina’s campaign which helped them finish runners-up.

Argentina was a mere shade of their team which won the World Cup four years back in Mexico, but Caniggia refused to accept they were an average squad in Italy.

“Nobody outplayed us. Only Brazil, for the first 45 minutes in the Round of 16. Lots of things went against us. Maradona, Ruggeri and Burruchaga arrived at the tournament injured. Pumpido broke his leg. We had a lot of problems. Some players hadn’t trained, others needed injections to get through. There were changes to the starting 11. It was horrendous,” Caniggia told www.fifa.com.

The 51-year-old played in the 1990, 1994 and 2002 editions, and formed a lethal partnership with Maradona.

“Footballers were wilder and much more expressive during my time. I think the wider public identified with the players much more than they do now. And I’m not just talking about Argentina. It’s a generational thing.

The situations we experienced were raw. Football wasn’t so organised, but we were able to adapt to the chaos. We could cope with anything. The only things that mattered were the shirts on our backs, and the fact that we were representing millions of people,” added the former River Plate and Boca Juniors star.

With just 19 days left for the World Cup in Russia, Caniggia said he expects to watch an attacking and attractive tournament.

“There are good teams out there who have opted for an attacking style, and who have got the players to do it. Players who are being asked to go forward, and who are going to do exactly that,” he said.