Both Fernando GAGO and Ricky ALVAREZ spoke to the press after the team’s training session at their base camp in Cidade do Galo.
GAGO said that the personal performances of the players were improving and that they all started with “significant level of anxiety” but are getting better with every match.
On their opponent in the round of16 “Switzerland is a tough opponent and getting into the quarter final will be something difficult.” “We must work to very hard to improve in every aspect of our games but it is very difficult to find a team that plays every game one hundred percent error free, and more so in a World Cup…We know we have four top attackers and we try to give balance with Javier (MASCHERANO) in the middle. Our opponents we face made it complicated for our attackers; it takes a lot of hard work to play against a team with ten players at the back, just like what happened with Iran.” GAGO said.
He also quoted that Alejandro SABELLA will decide on what is a best approach according to each game but also agrees that the team is more comfortable with a 4-3-3 formation which they have been using for several years.
On what does it mean to wear the Argentine shirt “It is a big responsibility to wear the national team jersey; that’s what motivates each of us and the goal is to get as far as possible. It's a nice responsibility. Representing the people and the country is a huge motivation”
He also said the environment inside their base camp is healthy and positive. Everyone in the team is like group of friends who share many great things and are all thinking in the same direction which helps the team to achieve its goals.
On his overall opinion on the World Cup so far “There are no easy teams and every game is like a final. We have already seen many hot favorites failing to get pass the group stage.”
Meanwhile Ricky ALVAREZ mentioned that they will wait and see with regards to AGUERO’s injury but also said that everyone needs to get some rest in between matches in order to bring the best.
On their next opponent “I think Switzerland is not going to be like any other opponent. We find rivals in the group, the first two were closed and we were left behind few spaces. We are not sure what to expect from them but we do know the class of players they have. Playing against Argentina is always something special. They have quality players who have been playing well in international football. They will try to counteract our game and I think they will do differently than they do in their clubs.”
He also said every one gives their best during training and is ready to go when call upon by the coach.
On Ezequiel LAVEZZI antics towards SABELLA during the Nigeria’s game “We know Pocho and we know about his personality. He is a joker, happy and cheerful person all the time. To have him is good for the team”