Jorge Burruchaga looks on calmly as Argentina are put through their paces at the Bronnitsy Training Centre. The general manager of the national team prefers to keep a low profile, his face betraying not a flicker of emotion at the sight of a wonder strike by Lionel Messi, a flying save by Nahuel Guzman or a fancy trick by Maximiliano Meza.
If he is nervous, he is hiding it well. But then to say that Burruchaga knows what it means to play at a FIFA World Cup™ would be an understatement: this is a man who has appeared in two Finals and whose goal won the tournament for Argentina at Mexico 1986.
The former Albiceleste star, whose screams of joy following that 3-2 win over West Germany in the Final were heard around the world, is taking a more phlegmatic approach to Russia 2018.
“I think the team is in good shape,” Burruchaga told FIFA. “From the first training sessions in Ezeiza up until today, they’ve been making progress, without a doubt.
“With every day that passes, they’re feeling better within themselves, looser, more engaged in the sense of what the coach is looking for. We’ve got a great squad, as good as any in the world, and we’re hopeful of having a great tournament.”