Mascherano eyes Euro crown
Javier Mascherano is desperate to emulate Carlos Tevez and claim European glory this term.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 30/09/08 7:43pm
Javier Mascherano is desperate to emulate his countryman Carlos Tevez and claim European glory this term.
Argentine superstar Tevez was part of the Manchester United side which took the UEFA Champions League crown last season, beating Chelsea on penalties in Moscow.
Mascherano admits he was delighted for his international team-mate, having tasted defeat in the final himself with Liverpool a year earlier.
He accepts that he was probably the only person on Merseyside cheering for the Red Devils that night, but believes he can be forgiven for wanting his nation to be successful in the eyes of the world.
Mascherano said: "I have a good relationship with Carlos. He is playing for Manchester United and me for Liverpool, but it does not matter because we are friends.
"I am happy for him that he has done well, that he has won the Champions League.
"When we play against each other, of course, I want to win, to beat him. But he is my friend and I am happy for him when he is successful.
"He had the chance to win the Champions League, and when he was in Argentina he won the Libertadores Cup. So he has many winners' medals now.
"But we need to separate things. On one side there is football where we are rivals, but on the other in our private lives we are friends.
"I spoke to Carlos after the Champions League final and I told him I was happy for him, but now I want to win it like him."
Mascherano missed the start of the new campaign as he was away in Beijing helping his country retain their Olympic title.
Having already tasted success once this season the midfield enforcer admits he is now desperate for more.
He added: "I am fit, I can play if the manager wants. I have had a short rest with the injury, which coming after the Olympics and my busy schedule was good. Now I feel ready to play.
"Now we want to fight for every competition, we want to compete for the league and in Europe, so we must maintain this level.
"There will be many difficult games but we must make sure that we keep playing the way we are.
"I want to win everything, and I know the Champions League and the Premier League together are difficult. But let us see where we are at the end.
"As long as we keep going, keep doing the right things, we will see where that takes us."