Gonzalo Higuain has expressed his excitement at facing Germany in the World Cup final on Sunday, but insists that his Argentina side are in no way intimidated by Joachim Low's team, according to the Standard.
The Germans ran riot against host nation Brazil in the first of two semi-finals, beating their opponents 7-1 in a record breaking match at Estadio Mineirao. Higuain spoke of his admiration and respect for the Germans, but dismissed any idea that he was afraid at the prospect of facing the three time winners.
"There's no intimidation, not at all. There is respect. They will also be worried that Argentina is in the final," said the Napoli striker, who has been linked with a move to Catalan giants Barcelona.
"We're in the final and the other stuff doesn't matter. Everyone who plays struggles and fights to the death."
Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties on Wednesday night thanks to two saves from their man of the match goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Romero spoke after the game, and told his Argentine teammates to celebrate for the time being.
"Enjoy the moment. We will enjoy it and then we will start working for the final,' he said. 'I feel immense happiness. [Penalties] are a question of luck, that is the reality. I had confidence in myself and, fortunately, everything turned out well," Romero said.
Van Gaal's joke
Holland manager Louis van Gaal joked after the game that he taught AS Monaco keeper how to save penalties from the time they spent together at AZ Alkmaar. Although this is most likely not the case, Romero still has huge amounts of praise for the new Man United boss.
"He is someone who helped me a lot when I arrived in Holland, in a completely different country, with different customs, where they spoke a completely different language.
"At the beginning, I didn't speak a word, and he spoke Spanish and he helped me a lot. So just as I am grateful to [Argentina coach] Alejandro [Sabella], I am also grateful to Van Gaal for everything he did for me."
Argentina face an extremely in form German side at the Maracana on Sunday, who will undoubtedly prove to be their toughest challenge in the competition. Can Lionel Messi's Argentina pull off a surprise underdog victory or are Germany too strong of an outfit for the South Americans?
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