Maradona - Carlos Tevez will start against Nigeria
Posted: 11 June 2010 Time: 07:13
Argentina coach Diego Maradona has confirmed that Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez will be in the first XI for his country’s opening World Cup clash against Nigeria on Saturday.
Argentina are blessed with a wealth of attacking talent, including Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain and Champions League-winning Inter Milan forward Diego Milito. But Maradona has revealed he will start with Tevez who is likely to get the nod ahead of at least one of those three big hitters. "Carlitos cannot be left out of the team. He is an idol of the people, more than me and Lionel Messi, so I read," Maradona told TyC Sports. The former Napoli legend, who is aiming to become only the second man to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach, also brushed off any lingering doubts over the fitness of key player Messi. He added: “Everything is good with Messi. There are no problems."