Demichelis - We deserve to win

Argentina defender looking to go all the way

Demichelis: In confident mood

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Martin Demichelis feels Argentina are the side most deserving of claiming the World Cup crown.

The South American heavyweights are among the favourites to prevail at this summer's showpiece, having found form at just the right time.

They are one of only a handful of sides to have performed anywhere near their best in the tournament, with many of the so-called bigger nations struggling under the weight of expectation.

As things stand, Argentina are the only side to have booked a safe passage into the last 16 with a 100 per cent record.

Only Holland, Brazil and Chile can match that, but even the Samba stars and dark horses Dutch have yet to hit top gear.

Argentina can rightly claim to be the side looking most likely to go all the way, and Demichelis feels their efforts so far mean it would be a travesty were they to come up short.

Dream

"From what I have seen from the other teams, I think Argentina deserve to reach the final and return home on the last day," he told Despertate.

"With the performances that we have put in until now, and seeing what the other teams are doing, it's impossible not to dream of the title.

"We want to play in the final and be champions. But we have to take it step by step because any little mistake can throw you off course."

Next up for Argentina is a second round date with Mexico on Sunday, and Demichelis is confident they can send the Mexicans packing for the second time in as many World Cups.

He added: "They have a similar way of playing to us. It's going to be an interesting match.

"They like to attack and play open, so that could be good for us, but we have to respect them."