2022-11-25 11:27:42

Fear not Argentina and Germany, World Cup winners can start slowly

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The Guardian
By Guardian Staff Reporter

The World Cup can be a lonely place when things are not going well. Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni and Germany manager Hansi Flick will be feeling that isolation after their defeats in the opening round of matches. However, while football fans across the globe enjoyed the two big shocks that have kickstarted the World Cup, Scaloni and Flick will know their early struggles do not have to define this tournament for their teams.

Its long been considered football lore that World Cup winners tend to make slow starts and there is inspiration to be found from previous teams who have begun poorly and gone on to great things. History suggests that coaches should not panic after an early defeat. The teams that stick with the plan that took them to the World Cup normally fare better than those who make sweeping changes.

For Argentina, one of the big pre-tournament favourites, Spains triumph at the World Cup in 2010 may provide the most solace. Vicente del Bosques side arrived at the World Cup in South Africa on the back of a fearsome run of form, having won Euro 2008 two years earlier. So their 1-0 defeat to Switzerland rocked the tournament.

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