Mascherano backs preparation
Javier Mascherano has defended Argentina's decision to arrive in South Africa early.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 02/06/10 4:39pm
Javier Mascherano has defended Argentina's decision to arrive in South Africa early ahead of this month's World Cup finals.
Diego Maradona's side play their first group game against Nigeria on 12th June but arrived in South Africa last Saturday and have already begun training.
Liverpool midfielder Mascherano revealed that the anxiety back home had hampered the team's preparations and their arrival in Africa had already given them the privacy they need.
"All the madness and anxiety that the World Cup generated in Argentina didn't give us the privacy that we needed," he said.
"That is why we believed it was better to arrive here, be together and not only prepare the training sessions but to be part of the atmosphere inside the group."
Despite struggling in qualifying the Argentina captain insists the whole squad are pulling in the same direction with team spirit hitting an all time high.
"We could not be any better," he added.
"We have a fantastic group and everybody shares the same enthusiasm from the first to the 23rd player in the squad."
Argentina have been drawn in Group B alongside Nigeria, South Korea and Greece.