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Argentina’s defence will not be achilles heel, says Ezequiel Garay

Argentina’s defence will not be achilles heel, says Ezequiel Garay

Posted by Shanelle Weir on June 13, 2014

Argentina players have laughed off criticism of their supposed defensive weakness and vowed there would be no repeat of their 2010 World Cup quarter-final 4-0 thrashing by Germany.

“We know what happened, it’s in the past – we won’t repeat that,” the centre-back Ezequiel Garay said after a lively training session in Belo Horizonte, where Argentina are based for the tournament.

“Obviously, we have a very offensive team, but we know our rivals are strong, so we will be defending well also and doing the dirty work ,” added Garay, who plays for Benfica and hails from Lionel Messi’s home town of Rosario.

Messi, 27, under enormous pressure to add a World Cup trophy to his haul of honours, looked relaxed and happy during training. He did, though, balloon one shot high over the bar to the dismay of a few fans who had sneaked into Atlético Mineiro’s training ground.

“He’ll handle the expectations,” said the midfielder Lucas Biglia. “We just have to help him feel comfortable and happy so that on the pitch he can make the difference.”

With their attacking “Fab Four” of Messi, Gonzalo Higuaín, Sergio Agüero and Ángel di María, Argentina are among the favourites to win the World Cup, and should have little trouble topping Group F which they open against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday.

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