Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has revealed that he is concerned about the strength of Argentina’s World Cup group.
Diego Maradona’s team have been pitted against Nigeria, Greece and South Korea in Group B, but Higuain added that no side in the finals will be a walkover.
“It’s a difficult group,” he told Real Madrid’s official website.
“Nigeria can cause a lot of trouble, Greece won the Euros before Spain, and then there is Korea. They are all here for a reason. We hope to do well in the group stage.”
Despite Argentina’s unconvincing qualifying campaign, El Pipita is hopeful of going all the way and winning the trophy next summer. However, he admitted that he would prefer not to meet Iker Casillas’ Spain along the way.
We must respect our rivals
FABIO CAPELLO insists England must show respect to ALL their World Cup rivals. The Three Lions coach was handed a plum draw after pulling USA, Algeria and Slovenia for next year’s finals.
But the Italian called for caution. He said: “We know two teams the USA and Slovenia but I don’t know Algeria at all.
“People think the draw is easy but you have to respect all the teams.
“I know from experience when you play in a World Cup the pressure is differentÂ everything is different.
“We have to respect the teams we have to playÂ none of the groups are easy.
“The games that we have to play will not be easy but I hope the players we have who stay with us will prepare mentally well to play this game.
“It is one of the more well balanced groups. We have to be careful.
“Algeria have beaten Egypt, so they are a dangerous side.
“I remember there have been groups that looked easy but then became really complicated.â€
“What matters is going, doing well and returning home with the trophy. I hope we don’t cross paths with Spain, but we will try our best if we do. Iker is easy to beat,” he laughed.