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Mascherano: Argentina should avoid optimism
Mascherano: Argentina should avoid optimism

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Mascherano: Argentina should avoid optimism

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano thinks that his side should avoid getting complacent as it looks to confirm qualification for the 2014 World Cup.

Alejandro Sabella’s men currently top the Conmebol group, but the Barcelona man believes they need at least two more wins before they can count themselves as part of the field for next summer's tournament.

"Mathematically, we will not be qualified with the six points, but it would be very difficult for it to escape from us,” he told reporters on Tuesday. "We would be three quarters [through] the passage [to the World Cup]. We must get there but it will not be easy. Winning and accumulating points always makes everything a little bit better.

"Beyond that, the group is competitive, there are good teams. I do not like the atmosphere of optimism and euphoria very much. I prefer a different atmosphere because that is what makes you keep your attention."

Argentina hosts in-form Venezuela on Friday, and Pablo Zabaleta is anticipating a tough clash.

"Venezuela are a great team, and it will not be easy," he added.

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