Former Roma defender and executive Sebino Nela discussed Paulo Dybala’s minimal yet crucial role in last night’s historic win for Argentina.
Nela praised the attacker’s determination to come in the final minutes of extra time and the courage to convert the second penalty in a row, following in Messi’s footsteps.
“In a tournament of this level, men, above all, and players like him are needed the most – men capable of assuming their responsibilities in the decisive moments. I’m talking about Paulo Dybala, who came on to take the penalty, but who in his very limited appearance got in Mbappé’s way in the 124th minute: a decisive intervention which saved Argentina from a dangerous counter-attack,” he told Il Messaggero.
“Dybala was exemplary: he managed, even in a tournament mostly experienced on the sidelines, to put his signature on Argentina’s triumph. I liked his entrance on the pitch, with the smile and the serene attitude of someone who was aware of having a mission to accomplish. It’s players like him that get you far.”
“I really hope that this cameo of his in the World Cup final will be able to give Roma a positive shock when the league restarts.”