Paulo Dybala discloses Emi Martinez’s important penalty shootout advice

  • reveals Emi Martinez’s crucial penalty shootout advice.

Paulo Dybala discloses Emi Martinez's important penalty shootout advice
discloses Emi Martinez’s important penalty shootout advice

has claimed that Emi Martinez provided with wise advice before he converted a critical penalty in Argentina’s victory against France in the final.

La Albiceleste clinched their third title – their first in 36 years – on Sunday following a tense penalty shootout, with all four of Argentina’s takers converting.

After missing much of the tournament due to injury, Dybala was added as a replacement in stoppage time in extra time, and the star spoke candidly about the idea of getting ready for the shootout with a little help from his goalie.

“When the coach called me to to go on, I knew it was for penalties,” Dybala said. “And so I had to try to be as cool-headed as possible. It is not easy because you don’t play a final every day.


“It took me a long time to walk to the ball. It couldn’t have been longer. I had spoken with Dibu [Martinez]. He had advised me to shoot down the middle after they had missed. They always dive. I was going to go for the side, the goalkeeper dove to that side, but I heard what my colleague said.

“I changed at the last minute. I listened to Dibu because they had made a mistake before me and he told me to go down the middle, shoot there and it was a goal.”

Following Lionel Messi, Dybala took Argentina’s second shot in the shootout. To complete the victory, Leandro Paredes and Gonzalo Montiel came on after.


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