Martino relishing Brazil clash


The Albiceleste come off a fresh 4-2 victory over Germany last month, in what was a repeat of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final in Brazil three months ago, and ‘Tata’ is hopeful of a similar performance against The Selecao. 

"We will try to do what we did against Germany," said Martino.

The clash in Beijing will see two new coaches face-off in this colossal fixture, with Martino having replaced Aeljandro Sabella and his counterpart Dunga having replaced Luis Felipe Scolari

However, the former Barcelona manager says the history of this fixture is more than current players and managers, and nothing will overshadow the magnitude of the occasion.

"Argentina against Brazil is the most important derby between national teams. It doesn't matter where the match is held, it’s always important for the history between us and now also for the players."

Martino will also be boosted by the return of Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who missed the match against Germany due to injury, but will be without on-form Juventus striker Carlos Tevez, who never made the cut for Martino’s squad.

Meanwhile, Dunga’s mean will be bossted with the return of 2010 World Cup stars Robinho and Ricardo Kaka, who return after being left out of Scolari’s World Cup squad on home soil.

These two footballing giants last squared off two years ago, when Argentina came out 2-1 victors in Beunos Aires, with the exciting South American derby this time taking place at a neutral ground in Beijing’s National Stadium.