Veron answers critics
By Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Chelsea midfielder bounced back from the abuse he received from Argentine fans in the weekend draw with Chile to conjure up a Man of the Match display in the World Cup qualifier against the Venezuelans.
Veron admits it was imperative his nation kick-started their qualifying campaign with three points against Venezuela and feels the win will silence the snipers.
"We knew that we had to win, scoring as many goals as we could," said Veron. "We couldn't leave any points in Caracas and we didn't it.
"We had a lot of pressure on us because many people gave a lot of criticism to this team. I hope that now they let us play a little bit calmer.
"Although we have won 3-0 against Venezuela, it doesn't mean that we don't have to correct anything in our way of playing but this victory gives us confidence for the future."
Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa was satisfied with his side's performance but rued the failure to add to their tally after the break, with all the goals coming in the first half.
"The team has been very firm," said Bielsa. "We had many chances for scoring and we did it three times.
"In the second half we couldn't score more goals because Venezuela stood firm in defence."
Venezuela boss Richard Paez had no qualms with the outcome and praised his troops for their battling second half display.
Paez stated: "It was sad the way in which we lost because nobody likes to concede three goals in the first half of the match. Argentina showed themselves to be superior and that's why they won.
"Anyway, I'm very proud of my players because they played a very good second half. We don't have to get depressed from these first two games because this has just started and we have many games to play in the future."