Argentina: still a bit rubbish
The Albicelestes’ poor form under Diego Maradona continues
Paraguay 1/ Argentina 0
While World Cup Qualification strugglers Portugal were given a boost with a 1-0 victory in Hungary last night, Argentina saw no such change in their fortunes. Following defeat in Paraguay, Diego Maradona’s side now find themselves in the fifth-place play-off spot in the South American qualification system that is pretty much designed to give them an easy ride.
Argentina have lost four of their last five qualification games, and slip-ups in the two remaining matches against Peru and Uruguay could mean they miss their first World Cup finals since 1970. Maradona, it seems, is dealing with the pressure with his own unique brand of panicked defiance:
“As long as I have a drop of blood left, I will fight to get Argentina qualified.
“We’re not out of the World Cup.
“I’m not afraid of criticism. I’m not afraid of anybody. I’m going to continue no matter who criticises me.”