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JAVIER MASCHERANO PRAYS ARGENTINA AVOIDS SPAIN IN WORLD CUP 2018

Argentina defender Javier MASCHERANO has given his opinion about the upcoming World Cup and the situation with the National Team.

In an interview with TyC Sports, Mascherano said that he would have retired had the team not qualified for the World Cup.

“We hope the group will be an easier one. A World Cup begins from the strongest to weakest and we hope to avoid Spain (in the group stages) because they are a National Team that can be uncomfortable to play against for us and they are one of the candidates.

“If Argentina would not have qualified for the World Cup, many of us on the team would have stepped aside. The National Team would have undergone another cycle with a new generation of players. Although I am not sure about the coaching staff.”

Argentina beat Ecuador 3-0 in Quito to secure a World Cup berth. Captain Lionel Messi scored all three goals for the Albiceleste.

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