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Argentina train ahead of South American World Cup 2014 qualifiers

Wednesday, March 20 2013 by SNTV
  • Intro:

    Argentina players look ahead to their upcoming World Cup qualifiers as they take part in a training session in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

    Argentina have the chance to strengthen their position at the top of the South American World Cup 2014 qualification group standings over the next week.
    They take on Venezuela in Buenos Aires on Friday and then travel to Bolivia for the 11th of 16 qualifiers five days later.

    Back in October 2011, Venezuela caused a real upset when a solitary goal from Athletic Bilbao centre back Fernando Amorebieta gave them their first-ever win over Argentina.

    However, Argentina still top the standings with 20 points from nine games, three points clear of Ecuador and four ahead of Colombia, with the top four nations from the nine-strong group given an automatic place at Brazil 2014.

    Script:

    SOUNDBITE (Spanish)

    SUPER CAPTION: Gonzalo Higuain, Real Madrid and Argentina forward

    "It's a quite competitive selection (referring to Venezuela). They reached the Copa America semi-finals, they also beat us on their own ground (October 2011) and they deserve some respect, but we are the Argentine selection and that means that we are locals and if we play at our normal level, we must win."

    SOUNDBITE (Spanish)

    SUPER CAPTION: Javier Mascherano, Barcelona and Argentina defender:

    "They (Venezuela) have grown a lot. Players who have been playing together for a long time, with good results. That's why now they are playing at this stage, something unimaginable 10 years ago. Showing us their strength with a lot of players in European teams."

    SOUNDBITE (Spanish) :

    SUPER CAPTION: Maxi Rodriguez, Newell's Old Boys and Argentina midfielder

    "The way of playing changes in those teams (like Venezuela). They are well built from the very back, we should be aware of that, but mostly think if Argentina play well, we are unstoppable."

    SOUNDBITE (Spanish)

    SUPER CAPTION: Fernando Gago, Velez Sarsfield and Argentina midfielder:

    "If you see the results lately, we are doing a good job. So we have to keep going this way and reach our goal, which is the Wold Cup, and we have to do it quickly."



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