Gonzalo Higuain and Ezequiel Lavezzi insist Argentina are not afraid of Germany ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final between the two sides.
The two teams will contest their third World Cup final on Sunday, with Argentina coming out on top 3-2 in 1986 and Germany emerging victorious in 1990 with a 1-0 win.
La Albiceleste secured their place in the final with a victory on penalties over the Netherlands as the two sides could not be split after 120 minutes without a goal.
Germany, in contrast, stormed through to the tournament’s showpiece with a 7-1 demolition of hosts Brazil but both Higuain and Lavezzi believe Argentina can secure the top prize at the Maracana on Sunday and stressed they are not intimidated by the European giants.
“There’s no intimidation, not at all. There is respect. They will also be worried that Argentina is in the final,” Higuain told reporters after Argentina’s semi-final win. “We’re in the final and the other stuff doesn’t matter. Everyone who plays struggles and fights to the death.”
Lavezzi admits the Germans will be “tough opponents” but he remains confident Argentina can land the World Cup trophy.
“For sure, they will be tough opponents. The Germans are playing a really good football. But we too are a great team. And I think that they will have some respect for us. We don’t fear the Germans,” the Paris Saint-Germain forward told L’Equipe.
Argentina are 3.20 to win Sunday’s final in 90 minutes or 4.85 to win to nil.