By John Egbokhan
Argentina coach, Diego Maradona has promised to play an offensive formation when his stars-studded side, confront Nigeria in the 2010 World Cup Group B opener at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.
The enigmatic Maradona, whose Argentina side are grouped alongside Nigeria, South Korea and Greece in at the finals in South Africa, said yesterday in Buenos Aires, that he would not give up on attack come what may.
â€œNot at any price. If I renounced attack it would be a sin with the players I have,â€ he said. â€œI think that if we play the way we should weâ€™ll do well.
We have to go on the attack in our first match at the tournament and with the kind of strikers I have, I cannot shy away from playing an attacking formationâ€, said Argentinaâ€™s 1986 World Cup-winning captain, who has often stated that he knows what it takes to win the trophy.
He was speaking to journalists at their training base after his team completed another training session under the pouring rains and after seeing the players at close ranges, Maradona added that the players were all in great spirits and anxious to work towards the World Cup finals starting on June 11 at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.
â€œIn 1986 we had a build up of 70 days, today we are barely 20 days away and I still donâ€™t have my full 23,â€ said Maradona. Milito, Inter teammate Walter Samuel and Bayernâ€™s Martin Demichelis had not yet joined up with the squad.
â€œBut the players have understood that you experience the World Cup the way we are living it,â€ said Argentinaâ€™s 1986 World Cup-winning captain, who has often stated that he knows what it takes to win the trophy.