Tevez just can’t bear to think about los­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

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.”

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