Despite a limited role in this year’s World Cup tournament, Paulo Dybala’s successful penalty kick proved crucial in determining Argentina’s historic win over France.
The Roma attacker took part in the celebrations with the rest of Argentine teammates as the city of Buenos Aires welcome them late last night.
In a recent interview with Tyc Sports, Dybala described the pressure and technique behind the penalty he scored versus Hugo Lloris.
“I’m dead, I think I slept five hours in the last three days. The last two days have been incredible. I’ve dreamed of it all my life, we’ve all dreamed of it when we were born in a country so passionate about football.”
“Yesterday was an unforgettable day. We didn’t want to disappoint the fans and now we are enjoying the victory.”
“The penalty? The truth is that when the coach let me in I knew it was for penalties but I still had to stay calm despite feeling the pressure. It’s not easy, of course, because a World Cup final isn’t played every day.”
“When it was my turn to go towards the penalty spot, the pitch seemed very long, it took me forever to get to the spot. Emiliano Martínez advised me to shoot in the center after France’s mistake. I would have angled the shot, but the goalkeeper threw himself on that side so I listened to Martinez and I directed the ball toward the center without making a mistake.”