Tevez just can’t bear to think about losing
ARGEnTinA star Carlos Tevez admits he cannot bear to think of losing to Germany in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final.
The 26-year-old Manchester City striker and his team-mates will attempt to book their place in the semi-finals in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon with the alternative simply not an option.
Tevez said: “Why not think I can be a champion? Every night, I do.
“I have a hunger for glory so great that I can not imagine the great sadness there would be without the cup.
“I could not bear to lose on Saturday.”
Tevez’s non-stop approach and skill have made him a crowd favourite, and he is desperate to deliver the biggest prize of all for the fans.
He said: “It makes me really happy. It must be my way of playing. I give everything for every ball, and people identify with that. Hopefully, with all the boys, we can give them the joy we all hope for.”
BRAzIl coach Dunga plans to speak to Kaka over the coming days in a bid to help the playmaker stop picking up needless yellow cards.
The Real Madrid midfielder collected his third caution of the World Cup - after two in the 3-1 group win over Ivory Coast - for a trip on Arturo Vidal during his country’s 3-0 second-round win over Chile.
It took some of the gloss off his return from suspension in a match that saw the five-time champions march into the quarter-finals thanks to goals from Juan, luis Fabiano and Robinho.
Dunga said: “It is a problem - I don’t want Kaka to be out suspended.
“It looks as though the technical players are punished and those who commit fouls aren’t always.
“This started happening in the group phase and we are going to talk about this with Kaka. It is a concern for him but we don’t want to get bogged down with the issue.”
Ominously, though, Dunga warned that confidence among his squad was increasing with every match.
He continued: “We know there is always this expectation that Brazil will be the winners but being the favourite does not allow you to win the World Cup.
“Some people doubted that we would perform but as we go along that confidence is growing and growing and we hope to make it to the final.
“When we had the ball, we were able to use it quickly. The quality Brazilian players have makes that easier. This team now has an ingrained playing style, even if there are personnel changes.”
But the coach was slightly wary of their next challenge against Holland.
He added: “Holland have a great World Cup tradition and they are very similar to the South American teams so we have to be extremely careful. We have to be prepared to deal with extremely technical, excellent players. They are a solid team.”
HOllAnD winger Arjen Robben believes he is not yet at his best despite earning the man-of-thematch award against Slovakia.
Robben scored Holland’s opener in their 2-1 triumph to seal a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup against Brazil.
It was all the more rewarding considering the Bayern Munich winger earned his first start of the tournament against the Slovaks after only just recovering from a calf injury.
“It was a great feeling to start the game,” Robben said. “I think it was also good to feel important for this team.”
“I am not yet at my top level but I was pretty confident,” he added. “It was a great pass by Wesley Sneijder and my shot was good enough.
“I waited for the right time as I had two defenders on me but I found the space.”
Holland have won all of their four games in South Africa but Robben admitted Monday’s game was far from their best performance.
“It was a difficult match,” he said. “We didn’t play our best game but, at the end of the day, it’s all about winning. We were efficient.”
On A HiGH: Argentina star Carlos Tevez.