Argentina international forward Sergio Aguero has admitted that his side need to ‘up their game’ at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
The Manchester City star made his comments following the South American giants’ 1-0 victory over Iran in their second Group F game on Saturday.
The win was enough to see the two-time world champions progress to the round of 16, but the performance of the Argentine players left much to be desired.
Although Iran did play defensively, the Asian team looked threatening when going on the attack and forced Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero into making three saves, all from inside the penalty box (for more statistical analysis, click here).
In the end, a sensational left-footed strike from Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in the first minute of injury time from outside the box helped Argentina to the three points.
Alejandro Sabella’s side have won both their matches in the group, but have failed to light up the tournament, leading Aguero to admit that he and his teammates need to step up their game.
The 26-year-old striker made the comments on social networking site Twitter.
We know we can up our game but these are tough matches and what mattered was winning and qualifying and we did. C'mon, Argentina!— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) June 21, 2014
Aguero himself has failed to play his best football in Brazil, as demonstrated by the following stats:
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However, Aguero remains a world-class striker and Argentina one of the favourites for the World Cup. Even though the 1986 winners have started the tournament slowly, given the depth of quality that they have, it is only a matter of time before they burst into life.
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