Gago ready for Scotland test
Fernando Gago has told
skysports.com he is keen to secure a regular place in the Argentina side.
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 19/11/08 11:05am
Fernando Gago is looking to secure a regular place in the Argentina side with a good performance against Scotland on Wednesday.
The Real Madrid midfielder admits that all the Argentina players are keen to impress Diego Maradona in his first match in charge.
Gago supported the decision to appoint Maradona and believes Argentina can go from strength to strength under the World Cup-winning legend.
"Now Argentina begin a new way and it is very important to get in Maradona's first side because it is significant that the coach has confidence in my work," Gago told skysports.com.
"The players accept the decision of the Argentine FA with Diego on the bench. I believe he has much to offer to the national squad as a coach.
"Maradona has spoken to us and been very clear about what he wants. He has demanded total commitment."
Gago is relishing the challenge of taking on Scotland at Hampden Park and is expecting a tough encounter.
However, he is confident that Argentina will prove too strong and claim a morale-boosting victory ahead of their next World Cup qualifier.
He said: "Scotland is a good rival for us. I know British football and it will not be easy because they play with rhythm and have a physical style.
"I think it will be an excellent test for the next World Cup qualifiers.
"We are a more technical squad with better control of the ball. This is our advantage for Wednesday.
"If we exploit this we have a good chance of victory but I think it will be an intense and complicated match."