MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero has insisted
that the two-time world champions are well prepared for the
World Cup in Russia, despite playing only one warm-up match.
The Albiceleste beat
Haiti 4-0 in Buenos Aires on May 30 before a friendly against
Israel slated for June 9 was cancelled.
“It’s true that with
the cancellation of the match against Israel we had less match
practice,” Caballero told a press conference on Wednesday.
Argentina will debut
in the tournament against Iceland in Moscow on Saturday before
also meeting Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.
Caballero, who plays
for Mexico’s Tigres UANL, is expected to be the team’s
first-choice goalkeeper following a serious knee injury suffered
by Sergio Romero late last month.
“The important thing
is to be ready on Saturday and I’m convinced that we prepared as
best we could,” the 36-year-old said. “We’ve done a lot of
physical work and as a result we are very fit. We’ve also done a
lot of collective training, working on both defensive and
Caballero said that
anything less than a semifinal appearance would be considered a
failure in Russia. But he recognized that only a victory in the
final on July 15 would atone for the Albiceleste’s extra-time
loss to Germany in the decider of the 2014 tournament in Brazil.
“It’s going to be
very difficult but we are going to give our all in every match,”
he said. “We’ll leave our soul on the pitch and hopefully that
will allow us to get further than last time.”