Batista relishing Brazil test

Sergio Batista is excited about taking on regional rivals Brazil when he makes his official bow as the Albiceleste coach after replacing Diego Maradona in early November.

Wednesday's match in Doha is the perfect opportunity for Batista to show his credentials after he won two friendly matches as interim coach - against Ireland and at home to world champions Spain - before a surprise loss in Japan. Batista believes there is no need to be afraid of Brazil, despite the undeniable pedigree of the five-times world champions.

"If I were afraid of Brazil I'd have stayed at home," Batista told reporters on Tuesday. "I hold them in respect but I do not fear them. They are our traditional rivals and we respect each other."

Win, lose or draw Batista does not expect the result to change much as he seeks to shape a new side in the run-up to the Copa America 2011, which will take place next July in Argentina.

If I were afraid of Brazil I'd have stayed at home.
Sergio Batista, Argentina coach

"I don't think the result will affect my career much. I was confirmed in my post two weeks ago and our target is the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but we still want to put one over our great rivals (Brazil)," said the coach.

Argentina have not beaten Brazil in five years and have lost four of their past five meetings. However the new Argentina coach believes Wednesday is a chance to turn the page. "What has happened has happened. Like the whole of Argentina I don't like to lose to Brazil - people want us to beat Brazil."