|ESPNsoccernet: World Cup 2010|
Argentina coach Diego Maradona is trying to ignore the hype surrounding his side ahead of Sunday's second-round clash with Mexico.
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After picking up maximum points in the group stage, playing stylish, attacking football, many pundits are starting to believe that Maradona could lead Argentina to the title. But Maradona himself is keeping his feet on the ground.
"I keep on saying the others are the favourites. We're here to fight," he said. "We're in good shape, although of course there's always a few small things to solve within the squad.
"It's not easy to go from being nobody in your country and then going on to win three matches and stay focused. People were saying we were a disaster, we were the worst team they've ever seen, and now they are saying we are an excellent team, that this team is great on the pitch.
"We have the same players as before, so you shouldn't believe what everyone says, just go on working the same way you have been working with the same ideas.
"Mexico are a team who you need to respect, and we are going to do that. But they should also respect us and our history. Mexico have a number of players who concern us. But we have our match to play, we have our players to field.
"We know the match is going to be tough but with the team we have and the players we have we can move forward. The present situation is great because we've fulfilled our duty to win the first matches and from here on we start building physically and mentally for the next step."