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Argentina boss Diego Maradona has been compelling viewing during the World Cup in South Africa

Argentina boss Diego Maradona has been compelling viewing during the World Cup in South Africa

Argentina boss Diego Maradona has been compelling viewing during the World Cup in South Africa

Argentina manager Diego Maradona has mocked Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger ahead of tomorrow's World Cup showdown between the two teams.

Schweinsteiger has attacked Argentina's behaviour following the last-eight clash four years ago, when they lost on penalties.

The Germany midfielder followed up by accusing the South Americans of whinging to referees and using provocative tactics to wind their opponents up.

And it seems Maradona is happy to snatch at the bait.

In an interview with Fox Sports, the legendary playmaker and current Argentina coach turned directly to the camera and in an imitation German accent said: “What's the matter Schweinsteiger? Are you nervoussh?”

The exaggerated goading is totally in keeping with Maradona's unorthodox approach to management, which has already seen him get into spats with Pele and Michel Platini during the tournament.

“It doesn't worry me what he says about penalties and that we don't know how to lose. It doesn't interest us,” he added.

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“A different game is played every match and this is going to be different because we are coming out to attack them and play in their faces. This is what has made them nervous.”

Germany captain Philip Lahm yesterday stoked the pot when he described the South Americans as “a temperamental lot”.

Meanwhile, Argentina defender Martin Demichelis has lashed out at John Terry, claiming if he performs as badly against Germany as the England man did last weekend he would not be allowed home.

"Seeing the way Terry played against Germany, if I was Terry I wouldn't be able to go back to my country," said Demichelis.

"I'm strong but I'm not a masochist so I don't read every criticism about me.

"I know that when the team is playing well there are always people who look for a weakness, for example me, but I know I can overcome this bad moment."


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