Scaloni warning to Argentina
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lionel Scaloni has warned Argentina against complacency at the World Cup.
Argentina full back Lionel Scaloni has warned his side against complacency ahead of their World Cup quarter final against Germany on Friday.
The South Americans, one of the favourites to win the tournament, narrowly scraped past Mexico last weekend courtesy of a Maxi Rodriguez wonder-goal in extra-time.
Scaloni claims Jose Pekermen's men went into the second round game believing they would cruise through to the last eight and were shocked by Mexico's resilience.
The 28-year-old has now insisted that their game against the World Cup hosts will not be taken lightly.
"Mexico were a difficult rival and we didn't expect that," Scaloni said in The Star. "We thought they'd be an easy team and we were very wrong.
"They made the game difficult and put us in trouble. We never felt comfortable. Now we play Germany and we must not risk too much or do anything dramatic.
"It will be a difficult match and anything could happen."
Meanwhile, Germany assistant coach Joachim Low has admitted he would prefer not to be playing one of the favourites as soon as the quarter finals.
However, he believes Argentina's second round game confirmed they are beatable and will be hoping to go out and prove that in Berlin.
"Argentina have a lot of strengths, but we think we can beat them," he added. "We should start getting on their nerves in midfield and cut the lanes for their passing.
"It's unfortunate that this match-up comes now but, if you beat Argentina, you've eliminated a very high-quality team from the tournament."