So prolific at club level, Mauro Icardi was in danger of becoming the latest Argentine accused of failing to replicate that form when wearing the Albiceleste and so his first international goal in the victory over Mexico on Tuesday was reason for joy and relief. However, the Inter captain wasn’t only pleased for his personal achievement but praised an atmosphere in the Argentina squad that he has never experienced before.
An eighth appearance for Argentina since making his debut all the way back in 2013, Icardi finally netted his first goal and aside from speaking about that landmark moment, the 25-year-old touched on the work that interim coach Lionel Scaloni has done and the spirit that has quickly been instilled.
“The goal was something I was lacking. Thankfully it came so I am happy. I was waiting for that, but I expected it” Icardi confessed after the game.
“It’s not easy to go without scoring. There is a lot of talk when a striker doesn’t score and now I hope to continue like this.”
However, the back-to-back victories over Mexico to round off a difficult year for Argentina and the atmosphere within this new-look squad provided further reasons to be cheerful.
“I am very happy, beyond just my goal, I am happy for these six games, for the players. We’re a really great group, we can grow a lot and we’re happy with the work of Leo [Scaloni], Walter [Samuel] and Pablo [Aimar].
— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) November 21, 2018