Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero believes that the LA Albiceleste are still given global respect as top contenders for the 2018 FIFA World Cup due to their past achievements and present star players.
Argentina are seeking their first World Cup title since 1986 but reached the final four years ago in Brazil. The two-time world champions will face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D in Russia.
“When I saw the draw for the World Cup groups, I was out of the national team, I had not been mentioned, but the noise of Chelsea’s locker room was that Argentina had qualified with a lot of luck in the last game,” he told Argentine website Tyc Sports.
“They have already started to think differently. Argentina is respected because of the last World Cups, for the players it has, for the way they play and for the way they compete, and in the possible meetings they will respect us a lot.”
The Chelsea goalkeeper who is competing alongside Franco Armani and Nahuel Guzman to be Argentina’s first choice in Russia ahead of their game against Iceland on Saturday in Moscow added that he battle to be in goal on Saturday is still on.
“I think we all want it, but until we hear the coach’s list we are not going to be 100 per cent sure,” he added.
“We all keep competing for that position day by day.”
Argentina’s first game in the World Cup is against Iceland in Moscow on Saturday.