Fear not Argentina and Germany, World Cup winners can start slowly

Spain, Argentina, Italy and West Germany have all gone on to reach the final after early setbacksBy Chris Evans for The Set PiecesThe World Cup can be a lonely place when things are not going well. Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni and Germany manager Hansi Flick will be feeling that isolation after their defeats in the opening round of matches. However, while football fans across the globe enjoyed the two big shocks that have kickstarted the World Cup, Scaloni and Flick will know their early struggles do not have to define this tournament for their teams.It’s long been considered football lore that World Cup winners tend to make slow starts and there is inspiration to be found from previous teams who have begun poorly and gone on to great things. History suggests that coaches should not panic after an early defeat. The teams that stick with the plan that took them to the World Cup normally fare better than those who make sweeping changes.

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