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Lazio striker Claudio Lopez has launched an astonishing attack on international team-mate Gabriel Batistuta for his refusal to accept criticism for Argentina's poor showing at the World Cup. "The ones who should score goals have to take responsibility, and he was the main striker," he raged.

Batistuta was a surprise option in the starting line-up ahead of Lopez's Lazio team-mate Hernan Crespo, and, although he got the only goal of the game against Nigeria, failed to hit the target as Argentina lost to England and drew with Sweden to crash out of the tournament.

The Roma striker then retired from international football, insisting he was not to blame for Argentina's failure. "I gave everything I could in this shirt and can find no reasons for receiving criticism," he said.

But that attitude has infuriated Lopez. "It's easy to talk," he said. "The forwards have to take responsibility, and he always had the goal in front of him, while I was coming from the left side.

"It was easier for him, and if he thinks anything different, he should give the number nine shirt to me, and he should play on the left side, running behind the number four of the other team, getting the ball, running back to opponents' box and sending in balls for the striker.

"I don't want to say the blame lies with one person or another. We all have to take the blame."

And Lopez believes the press have gone easy on Batistuta because of his reputation and a sparkling past that saw him hit 57 goals in 77 internationals.

"The criticism has always been for other players and not for him," Lopez went on. "Now we are all in the mud, and it's not fair that he's the only one who doesn't receive criticism.

"He is Argentina's top-scorer of all time, and he's always played for the national team, so that's why the press will never touch him.

"He has to accept this situation and do what Diego Maradona always did and defend everybody.

"It's nice to be treated well and let everybody else take the blame. I would also like to do that, but it doesn't work like that. All of us were there, and I accept the responsibility."

Lopez was pictured weeping on the pitch after the draw against Sweden, and he believes that summed up just how frustrated he felt.

"Do you think I cried so everybody could see me?" he demanded. "I cried because I broke my ass for four years to get there.

"I did what I had to do. I played there after four years of hope and hard work, and then we were all in the mud. He shouldn't try to save himself - we were all in the same position."
 

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This is quite amazing. I don't know what to say about it.
 

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I can't really find anything to criticize in the words of Lopez...
 

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Lopez accuses Crespo Posted July 10, 2002 - 12:45 by Mattias
Claudio Lopez has launched an astonishing attack on teammate Hernan Crespo for his poor World Cup showing.

The former Valencia man has hit out at his Lazio colleague following Argentina¡¯s shock first round exit from the 2002 World Cup.

"Crespo didn¡¯t get anything right but now he wants to blame me for the missed chances against Sweden in our final game," he told Argentine TV station Canal 12.

"He was in a poor state of form and I asked him to give more because the side needed his help. But he didn¡¯t bother himself with that and everyone saw the results."

Although Crespo featured in all three games as only a substitute, Lopez continued his attack.

"He said that I missed many opportunities to score but my chances came from the wing while his came in front of goal but he didn¡¯t get anything right.

"It seemed to me that at the end he cried for the television cameras, but I cried because I had worked hard for four years to get to the World Cup Finals."

Argentina crashed out of the Japan and Korea event after beating Nigeria, but they lost to England before only drawing with the Scandinavians.

Lopez¡¯s outburst has increased speculation that the two players will not feature for the same club in the new campaign.

Lopez has been linked with a return to Spain and even Manchester United.

While Crespo was said to be a target for Barcelona and Real Madrid, but the poor economical state of European football may see the former Parma man remain in Rome for at least one more term.



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When put together with the other story, this is becoming a bit pathetic...
 

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This is truly bizarre. :confused:
 

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alan777 said:
(Said by Lopez regarding Crespo)
"It seemed to me that at the end he cried for the television cameras, but I cried because I had worked hard for four years to get to the World Cup Finals."
So lemme get this straight -- Crespo's tears weren't as 'valid' as the ones Lopez shed? It seems that Lopez is being quite forgiving regarding his own mistakes - the 'I was on the left-wing' routine is amusing - and wants to point the finger at the stars of the squad.

Of course, his claim that the Argentine media is 'taking it easy' on Batistuta while hitting the others is a serious one, and if it's true he's entitled to be mad. But I don't know if it's true - is it?
 

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OK, I'm not claiming to be the best Spanish translator in the world, but I'm reading the transcript of Lopez's comments right now and I don't see where the writer of the footbalitalia article got his quotes. All I see is that Lopez had at some point told Crespo that even though he was not in good physical shape, the team needed him and he had to perform. That's all. Nowhere do I see any comments by Crespo against Lopez or Lopez responding to such comments. I am getting the feeling that alot of that fooballitalia article was a fabrication.

As for the onefootball.com article about Batistuta. I do find that Lopez said those things, but Diario-ole has contacted Claudio by telephone and Claudio's version of the interview is that a reporter told him that Batistuta said something about not accepting blame for the team's bad performance. The way the reporter talked to Claudio was in a very inflammatory way. Claudo says that he has not been reading any media or news reports since the world cup and does not have any idea what other players have been saying. He did not know the exact words of Bati, just what the reporter told him.

Claudio also said he didn't know the conversation was being recorded.


If anyone knows different, please post.
 

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OK, here's the latest but in Spanish, maybe Batigold or Czar can tell you more than I did already.


El Piojo López volvió a hablar. Primero para explicar el entredicho respecto de sus declaraciones al Canal 12 de Córdoba… Explicó en que sólo se limitó a contar una charla que tuvo con el delantero Hernán Crespo, pero sin animosidades de criticarlo. Y lo mismo respecto de Batistuta: “Pido disculpas si me embalé. Me guié por un comentario que me hicieron y quizás allí estuvo el error. Si Gabriel cree que le molestó algo de lo que dije, le pediré disculpas”.



Paren las rotativas. El Piojo López sale en Telenoche diciendo cosas como "ponete bien y cerrá el orto" (para Crespo), "si no, dejame a mí de nueve y vos andá de 11, corré al cuatro, volvé y tirame el centro" (para Batistuta), "poné el pecho, eh, hacé como Diego, poné el pecho por todos" (otra vez para Bati)... Y hay más.

Cinco minutos de fuego. ¿Se acabó la paz en la Selección?, nos preguntamos casi todos. ¿La gran Batlle?, sugiere uno, sorprendido por el vocabulario despojado del Piojo y, claro, por la violencia de algunos conceptos. No hay demasiado tiempo para el debate: ¿alguien tiene el teléfono del Piojo en Río Tercero?

Riiing... Contesta el padre, el Piojo no está, no tengo idea de qué me estás hablando, bueno, le dejo el mensaje. Diez minutos después llama el padre, ofrece un teléfono donde está el Piojo, la casa de la novia, pero no es necesario: enseguida suena otra vez el celular y es el propio Piojo. Hay ganas de aclarar...

"Yo no me di cuenta que estaban grabando... En un momento de la conversación estábamos tomando un café, el chico estaba cambiando el cassette ... ¿Escuchaste lo que dijo Batistuta?, me preguntó. Le dije que no, que no estoy leyendo la prensa, ni mirando... y me contó que Bati había dicho que no había que echarle la culpa a la suerte, que había que meterla..."

Evidentemente se refiere a la nota que salió en Olé el domingo 30 de junio, en la que el goleador de la Selección dice: "No creo mucho en la suerte, lo real es que no la supimos meter, faltó lo que vimos todos. Y si no hacés los goles..." El Piojo sigue su monólogo: "Creí que lo había dicho desligándose de una cosa que nos corresponde a todos. Nada del otro mundo, no es para tirarle mierda a nadie, pero me parece que acá no hay dos o tres que se salvaron y el resto no. La verdad es que entendí mal lo que había dicho, después el tipo me lo aclaró. Me equivoqué, pero nunca pensé que iban a editar así, lamentablemente esa gente es así... Vi el programa el domingo a la noche y me esperaba la otra parte de la nota, dicen que la van a pasar el domingo que viene..."

El Piojo suena tranquilo, cuenta que está esperando que le confirmen qué día se tiene que presentar en Roma, que lo están volviendo loco con lo del Manchester pero que no sabe nada. Luego, sigue: "Cada uno sabe lo que pasó en el Mundial, ya está. No todos los jugadores llegaron en la misma forma física. Volviendo a esa nota, son cosas que no las digo al aire. Me pareció que la declaración era sacándose la responsabilidad de encima y no me pareció correcto. Si perdimos, perdimos todos. Quise hacer reflejar eso. Entendí mal, después me lo aclararon...

—Está bien, Claudio, pero por lo que vos decís en la nota parece que hay quilombo entre vos y Batistuta...

—¿Yo contra él?, no, qué voy a tener...



the whole thing is a mess.

for example, Diario-Ole says that the statement "dejame a mí de nueve y vos andá de 11, corré al cuatro, volvé y tirame el centro" was directed at Bati. But then futbolargentino.com says that the same statement was directed at Crespo.


A great example of very bad journalism on somebody's part.
 

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it's a disaster made worse by the fact that the news agencies are not checking the original interview. I've read many different sites and they take the same Lopez statements and alternate between Bati and Crespo as recipient of the criticism. Some are exactly the same but have switched the words Bati and Crespo!
 

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It's a strange story..but I think that Lopez should just shut his mouth. It pissess me off to read stuff like this...
 

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I don't know what the situation is between Bati and Lopez.

As for the alleged statements about Crespo, when did this argument take place? When was Lopez supposed to have had this argument with Crespo? Not during the World Cup, because they left together and took the same train together to Tokyo to meet their families. They were friendly then.

crespo has said nothing on this subject publicly since the world cup. So where did all this come from?
 

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From LaNacion (Argentina)

Forward Claudio Lopez admited today to have been mistaken in criticising teammates and promised to apologize to Gabriel Batistuta and Hernan Crespo.

"I was heated up and lost my head and responded to some declarations of Batistuta's that sounded bad but which I had never read. I also didn't know that I was being recorded," Lopez said.

In statements to various local radio stations, Lopez said, "I will apolgize to Gabriel if it is necessary, when I see him. But I'm not going to call him right now. I didn't mean to say anything against anyone, not Gabriel nor Hernan."
 

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some articles are pure crap. i saw the interview, it last 4 minutes edited. the complete version last more than 1 hour, but it was not published, just the edited version.
he never said that creso cried for the tv, thats the biggest sh¡t i have heard in years. the worst thing is that even argie news paper says that.
he talked about a conversation btween crespo and him where hernan told him that he felt he was not fisically 100 %. and el piojo adviced him to train hard, to get to the WC in the better shape.
about bati, he was more hard with him, because he thought that bati was not trying to help his ex team mates, as the leader or more respected player of the team should do; like maradona did all his life.
but then he apoligize like Hum posted above, saying that he would talk in private with both crespo and bati, if any of them felt insulted.
 

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Yeah, Batigold has summed it up pretty neatly. It's all about journalists and interviewers stretching and spicing up poor Lopez's words and making out a storyline that sounds much more horrible than it actually was. And even if it was an outburst of such intensity, I think it's perfectly natural as the circumstances were like that as these words reflect...
I was heated up and lost my head
He was at that moment distressed, heartbroken, angry etc etc and the questions by the interviewer probably brought out the worst in him.
I can't personally understand how such a harmonious team of 23 can end up in such brawls......it's simply not plausible.

To hell with the media! :fero:
 
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