‘The best version of him’ – Spurs defender earns praise for World Cup display

Cristian Romero has earned enormous praise from the Argentinean press after his display in the South American side’s 2-0 win over Poland. 

Argentina were staring at the possibility of an early elimination from the World Cup when they lost their opening game 2-1 to Saudi Arabia, with Romero being at fault for one of the goals.

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The Tottenham man was hooked just before the hour mark and came in for plenty of criticism from the media, with Ole labelling his performance as ‘his worst game’ for the national side.

Romero was left out of the side for the Albiceleste’s 2-0 win over Mexico, with Manchester United’s Lisandro Martinez taking his place in the side.

Lionel Scalonni brought the 24-year-old back into the starting eleven for the clash against Poland on Wednesday, in what was a must-win game for Argentina to seal progression to the knockout stages. 

The Spurs centre-back certainly delivered, putting in a typically aggressive and solid display, and he has subsequently been spoken about in glowing terms by the press in his home country.

Ole gave Romero a rating of 8 out of 10 for his performance, claiming that he was ‘focused and on top of’ Lewandowski, barely letting him touch the ball.

Lao Voz stated that the Tottenham man was ‘winning in all sectors’ against the Barcelona striker and added that he showcased ‘the best version’ of himself.

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Romero was evidently not fit to start the game against Saudi Arabia and was rushed back too early, which is why some of the criticism he received was quite premature. 

The 24-year-old looked back to his usual self against Poland, which is quite encouraging for Argentina, who need the Tottenham man to be at his best if they are to go all the way in Qatar.

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