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Ossie hails pal Diego

Posted on 30 June 2010  - 12:00

Spurs legend Ossie Ardiles has paid homage to the job old friend Diego Maradona has done as coach of Argentina so far at this summer's World Cup.

Ossie hails pal Diego

Spurs legend Ossie Ardiles has paid homage to the job old friend Diego Maradona has done as coach of Argentina so far at this summer's World Cup.

Ossie's home nation have won all four of their games in easing through to a Quarter-Final clash with England's conquerors Germany, coming up on Saturday.

Argentine legend Maradona came under huge criticism in the South American country when the national side struggled in qualifying for the Finals initially.

But now it is clear for all to see the impact such an influential character is having on the spirit of his squad and their performances as a result.

And our 1981 FA Cup-winning hero is delighted for his former international team-mate, saying: "It's a very happy camp and Diego seems to have won over the players in as much he is just like one of them. Everybody is laughing, joking and enjoying playing.

"Many people believe Maradona is crazy. Yes, he has some bad traits, but being crazy is certainly not one of them - he knows his football.

"So far in this tournament, he has kept a lot of his critics quiet, both back home and all over the world."

Ossie continued: "Argentina have been very impressive in winning all four of their games so far, so it's a very good start to the competition.

"Now we have a very tough quarter-final against Germany, and everyone in this country knows how well they can play.

"From the midfield forward, Argentina probably has the best team in the world right now but could be stronger defensively, so it will be interesting to see how the game goes.

"We will have to wait until the end of the tournament to judge just how well Diego has done."