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Aguero: Germany have respect for Argentina

  • 10 July 2014 07:52
  • Posted by @roline_mcfc

Following the conclusion of the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, post-match reaction dominates the City-related media headlines.

With Blue trio Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis heading to the final, after defeating the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out, there is plenty of fighting talk taking place ahead of La Albiceleste's mouth-watering clash with Germany.

None more so than from Kun, who features in several articles this morning, reflecting on his side's success and sharing his thoughts on their upcoming opponents. 

Quoted in an article on Goal.com, the striker expresses his excitement of facing the Germans at the Maracana, whilst claiming Joachim Low's team have respect for the South American side.

"The truth is incredible," he smiled. "I am so happy. We cannot believe it.

"I [had] suffered from a mini tear, but I have done everything possible to recover and luckily we are in the final.

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"Germany are always a tough team at the World Cup but we will continue to play our game. Argentina is Argentina. Germany also have a bit of respect for us."

According to FourFourTwo, Aguero believes La Albiceleste were underestimated by many, who were not convinced Alejandro Sabella's side would progress.

"A lot of people didn't think Argentina would get to the final," he declared. "But we knew what players we had - very good players individually.

"This means so much."

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail focus on Zabaleta's performance in the tournament. In last night's encounter, the fearless defender played on despite being carried off after colliding badly with Dirk Kuyt in extra-time and David Kent insists the Argentina defenders deserve praise.

Writes Kent: "Pablo Zabaleta is a footballer not afraid of showing his emotion on the pitch - as he perfectly showed at the end of a draining World Cup semi final that saw his Argentina side beat Holland on penalties.

"The Manchester City right back was out on the pitch celebrating his country's advancement to the final in a bright blue wig despite sporting a bandage on his face after a nasty cut sustained during the game.

"And he went on to pose a selfie, complete with his two new latest accessories, from Argentina's dressing room as the celebrations continued behind closed doors.

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"The 29-year-old played a starring role, putting the brakes on Arjen Robben on the wing as Argentina kept a four shut-out of the tournament - and their third in a row in the knock-out stages.

"While Lionel Messi has been leading the line up front, the work of Zabaleta and his defensive team mates has often gone unnoticed, but it was obvious his team mates appreciated all of his good work as they embraced after Maxi Rodriguez's winning penalty.

"Now Zabaleta has the chance to top off a successful season with City with the ultimate prize - the World Cup trophy could be lifted on enemy soil in the Maracana on Sunday."

And of course, we wish him the very best of luck!

We'll finish on BTSport's less cheerful news that Fernandinho has apologised to the Brazil supporters, following his side's crushing 7-1 defeat to Germany.

"I'm not sure how long it will take for me to get over this," the midfielder lamented. "This pain is big, big.



"The people wanted a good result, a win, the title, but we lost in the semi-final and all we can do is say sorry.

"The first half was unbelievable. Incredible things happened out there. We can try for the rest of our lives to explain what happened, but we won't find the words.

"I've never experienced anything like that in my life.

"The best way for us now is to try to finish in third position. We have to recover for Saturday, to play to finish the World Cup in the best way we can."

That's all for today. Come back to mcfc.co.uk again tomorrow for another round-up of City-centric media stories. In the meantime, have you seen the new kit for 2014/15?

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