ARGENTINA forward Carlos Tevez was more worried about facing Mexico than he is about taking on Germany in tomorrow’s quarter-final clash in Cape Town.
Lionel Messi has warned that he is desperate to exorcise the frustration he felt after Argentina’s elimination to the same opposition four years ago, in a match he watched from the bench.
But it is Tevez who has dominated the headlines this week after his two goals in the 3-1 win over Mexico.
“We suffered when we played Germany in 2006,” said Tevez. “But we must not go into this game with a grudge: this is not a rematch. I was more afraid of Mexico because they play good football and Argentina suffers when opponents have the ball.”
Tevez was the key man against Mexico, scoring a controversial first goal from an offside position before hitting an unstoppable third from outside the area.
“I thought they would rule out my offside goal,” he told Argentine paper Ole. “The son of a bitch who showed the video replay to the stadium, he should not have done that. But when the assistant pointed to the circle I relaxed.”
Tevez was not a regular during Argentina’s qualifying and even threatened to quit international football.
But his performances for Manchester City and in training for Argentina forced Maradona to accommodate him.
Messi, meanwhile, believes Argentina have no one to fear in the tournament.&
He said: “It’s still true that the main rival of Argentina is Argentina itself, but if we do things well, we can be calm.”
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