ON THE HOT SEAT?

Toronto Sun - - SPORTS - — Kurtis Lar­son

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.

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