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Tano on Titanic clash

Posted on 5 June 2002  - 12:00

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Mauricio Taricco looked ahead to Argentina's titanic Group F clash with England and said it is a 'massive game for us'.

When the draw was made for the finals in Japan and South Korea, this particular group game stood out like a beacon.

Group fixtures can often be cagy affairs and, under normal circumstances, both nations would not particularly wish to go hell for leather until the knock-out, business end of the tournament.

No such liklehood this time around, certainly with England failing to register full points from their opening encounter with Sweden. The fact that this game springs from the so called 'Group of Death' only adds to the gravity of the occasion as every point and goal could be crucial in the final tally up.

Let's face it, England v Argentina is a match-up with a bit of 'form', a history that few other games can match.

Go back to 1966 when England overcame the South Americans at Wembley, skipper Antonio Rattin was sent-off for verbal abuse and Alf Ramsey labelled the Argentinians as 'animals'.

Fast forward to Mexico 1986 and Diego Maradona handed Argentina a passage to the semi-finals at England's expense, although, he did also score one of the finest World Cup goals ever seen.

The nations met again at France 98 and the game was not without incident. David Beckham was dismissed following a theatrical fall by Diego Simeone after the fallen England man flicked a leg in his direction.

Glenn's England rallied and even had a 'Golden Goal' disallowed before penalties, once again, hastened England's return trip.

Tano believes that, from an Argentinian perspective, playing England is second only to playing Brazil.

"Massive game for us," he enthused. "Argentinians see it as a special game with the big rivalry and it is a massive game. Obviously it is not the biggest, for us playing Brazil is that but I guess playing England comes second.

"I think it is a very tough group. I think they will both go through - England and Argentina.

"Those are the teams that I think will go through, but it will be very, very difficult for everybody."

Our wing-back feels that Argentina could go far in the tournament, but repeats that he suspects France will be the team to beat.

"I think they have a good chance to do well and get to the final or semis, but I still think France will do it. I hope they don't, but I think they are a strong side."

By Richard Hubbard