Masch hails Maradona

Skipper pleased with winning start

Mascherano: Argentina captain

Mascherano: Argentina captain

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Argentina captain Javier Mascherano admits he and his team-mates were inspired by new coach Diego Maradona following the 1-0 win over Scotland.

Maradona got his Argentina reign off to the best possible start with a deserved 1-0 win at Hampden Park.

Maxi Rodriguez's early goal was enough to seal the win and Mascherano, who has been named as his country's new skipper believes Argentina are entering a new era under Maradona.

"I think it's a new era. It was very important to win.

"I think we played well in the first half. The second half, we needed to fight. We fought, so we are really happy. It's a good start; we are very proud.

"You see Maradona on the bench coaching, it's fantastic for us.

"It's just a friendly match but it's a good start."

He added: "It's difficult to compare different managers. I think when you start to play with a new manager, the new motivation is so different.

"I don't like to talk so much about the last manager or to compare. Now we need to think about the future.

"It's fantastic to start like this.

"If we can improve, we have to improve our level.

Man of the match Carlos Tevez added: "Being the first game, I think it was a good game for his first game in charge."