Belo Horizonte/ Porto Seguro: Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain said he feels calm and confident in spite of not having scored any goal for the Albiceleste during the group stage.
One of the Fab Four together with Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di María, Higuaíaffirmed an attacker’s duty is also to “help the team in other ways.”
“I feel good. I will surely get some chances to score from now on,” Higuaítold reporters during a press conference in Belo Horizonte on Friday.
“Every striker needs to score goals and help the team. Hopefully the goal will come soon but it’s not something that makes me uneasy.”
The Napoli forward also talked about the upcoming last-16 match against Switzerland, saying the European team “has to be respected.”
“It’s going to be a tough match. We have studied their virtues and their shortcomings. Switzerland are a team that will seek to continue the good work and we must respect them. We must be cautious,” he said.
Higuain said that the Argentina attackers apart from Messi must improve. “Messi alone cannot win us the World Cup. We must improve quickly and make an impact.”
The Napoli striker is being linked with a move to Barcelona since the end of the season. Higuain, though, says he is in the dark over any such development.
“Me to Barcelona? I don’t know anything about it and I have nothing to say,” Higuain said. “Now, I’m only thinking about the World Cup.”
Meanwhile, Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio believes Brazil’s rivalry with Argentina would make the local fans support his team and turn it into a home game for them.
“I think we will definitely have the support of the Brazilian fans in the stadium,” Benaglio told reporters at Switzerland’s training camp in Porto Seguro.
“You can feel the rivalry between Brazil and Argentina here. I hope that we have their backing and as well as the support of the Swiss fans in the stadium, it would be great if Switzerland could have a home game.”
Messi scored his first hat-trick for Argentina when they beat Switzerland 3-1 in a friendly in Berne two years ago and Benaglio admitted he would be difficult to stop.
“We are preparing just as we do for any other game. However, it’s clear that it will be difficult to completely take Messi out of the game,” he said.
“You can see so many videos of Messi where he does something surprising at a decisive moment.”
Switzerland are one of only six European teams to reach the last 16 and Benaglio said there would be no question of relaxing.
“Although we’ve reached our target, which is the last 16, that does not mean that we must switch off,” he said.