Argentina require victory against Greece to secure top spot in FIFA World Cup™ Group B on Tuesday and striker Carlos Tevez says they will go for the jugular.
Tevez has started alongside Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain in Argentina's first two matches, a 1-0 defeat of Nigeria and a 4-1 victory over Korea Republic that have taken them to the threshold of the last 16. Coach Diego Maradona is likely to keep faith with the same trio in Polokwane, against a Greece side also eyeing the next round after coming from behind to beat Nigeria 2-1 in their second game.
Otto Rehhagel's side have been a model of defensive efficiency in recent years but Manchester City's Tevez says Argentina's stellar attack means they will have nothing to fear. "Argentina are a team who go forward," he said. "We have good players, attacking players. We must go out on the attack and show our class. We must get forward and put our opponents under pressure."
The strength of the Argentine forward line is demonstrated by the fact that Diego Milito cannot get into the side despite having fired Inter Milan to league, cup and UEFA Champions League glory last season. Sergio Aguero, who helped Atletico Madrid to secure the inaugural UEFA Europa League last term, is another attacking option for Maradona, along with Boca Juniors veteran Martin Palermo.
Newcastle United's Jonas Gutierrez, who has been playing at right-back, is suspended against the Greeks and is likely to be replaced by the versatile Ariel Garce of Argentinian club Colon. Roma's Nicolas Burdisso is set to replace centre-back Walter Samuel of Inter Milan, who is doubtful with a left thigh problem.