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Netherlands are 'faster and stronger than us' - Mascherano

07/07/2014 from:SNTV


Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano looks ahead to the World Cup semi-final against Netherlands. Team doctor Daniel Martinez gives an update on the fitness of Angel di Maria.


SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Javier Mascherano, midfielder

"In most of the matches (Netherlands) played with (Wesley) Sneijder, (Arjen) Robben and (Robin) Van Persie and we'll try to stay very close to them to not leave them free spaces. Very close to deny them space to run because running they are faster and stronger than us and overall through possession of the ball they keep the game under control."

"I emphasise the belief that we have. I think that we have to hold this belief because we are now in a position in which Argentina has not been for long time and we can take it a little bit higher. I believe that these opportunities happen once in a while and you can't waste them."

SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Daniel Martinez, Argentina team doctor

"What we observed is that Angel (di Maria) has a first-degree strain in the anterior muscle of the quadriceps of the right inferior member (right thigh). Fortunately, as I mentioned before with regard to (Sergio) Aguero this is one of the less severe of the muscular injuries."

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