FIFA World Cup: Messi has released the pressure off himself by scoring in first match, says Baichung

Aditi Tyagi

Argentina kicked off their World Cup campaign in style where they thrashed Bosnia Herzegovina 2-1. In an exclusive chat with Aditi Tyagi of Zee Media, former Indian skipper Baichung Bhutia analysed the game and also shared his thoughts on the goal-line technology.

Excerpts from the conversation:

Will it be right to say that Messi has arrived?

Yes, I believe he has arrived and he proved that with his trademark, iconic goal. We have seen him score for Barcelona on so many occasions in a similar manner. On the whole, I believe, Argentina didn`t display the kind of game which was expected from them. Even Messi wasn`t at his best until he scored that goal.

After that goal, can he change the fortunes for Argentina in this World Cup?

With that goal, he has released the pressure off himself. He was criticised for his inability to frequently score goals in the World Cup matches. There is always that pressure to win the first match, score the first goal. And we can`t say that Bosnia is a poor team, or they played badly. However, winning three points from the first match would be a huge boost for Argentina and for a striker, to score a goal in the first match is also a big relief.

There are a lot of talks about the second goal scored by France against Honduras, where goal-line technology was used for the first time. Do you think there was anything controversial about that goal?

No I don`t think there was anything controversial with that goal. In fact, goal-line technology has been introduced to avoid any such controversy. Earlier as well, in many big tournaments, we have seen many such incidents where a goal hasn`t been counted after it crossed the goal line. But goal-line technology has shown that it was a legal goal and the judgement was right. I reckon with goal-line technology, there would be no more controversies.

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