ON THE HOT SEAT?
MOSCOW — A British reporter added insult to injury on Thursday when he asked Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi following a 5-0 loss if he expected to stay on as manager.
And he didn’t mean until the end of the tournament.
Pizzi was asked if he expected to be on Saudi Arabia’s bench when it plays Uruguay next week on Matchday 2 in Group A.
“That’s a very pertinent question,” he responded. “It’s a great question feeling how I feel right now.
“I have my own philosophy and I try to convey my message as good as I can. Everything I do, I do giving my all.
“There are situations I cannot control. I can’t control that … I have trust in my players. I fully trust we will have a better performance during the next game.”
But the question was whether or not Pizzi would be there. He didn’t have an answer.
Saudi Arabia’s 5-0 loss Thursday night wasn’t its worst World Cup defeat in recent memory.
The Green Falcons were obliterated 8-0 by Germany during the 2002 World Cup group phase.