Argentinian coach Diego Maradona has said that his side’s 1-0 win over Nigeria in their opening match of the World Cup will go a long way to easing the nerves of his players.
Gabriel Heinze scored a header which gave the South Americans victory over their Nigerian opponents in Group B on Saturday.
"To begin a World Cup in winning fashion gives you a certain sense of calmness," said Maradona.
"The only thing that concerns me is that we won a big match. Thank God we won the game."
Nigeria had plenty of opportunities for a goal of their own during the course of the match, however, they squandered all of them.
"The team made good moves but we ended up suffering. That’s the law of football," said Maradona.
"They let us off… If we’d taken our chances the course of the match would have been different."
Fifa’s player of the year, Lionel Messi, earned praise from his coach for his performance after usually coming under fire for his inability to reproduce his phenomenal club standard at Barcelona for his national side
"He was very close to the ball [at all times]," stated Maradona.
"Football wouldn’t be beautiful without seeing Messi touch the football," added Maradona.
"This was an important step we took today [but] we have to improve a lot of things to get to the seventh match [the final]," added Maradona.
Maradona hopes to become only the second man ever, after Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer, to obtain World Cup victory as both a player and a manager.
Argentina will face South Korea, who notched up a 2-0 victory over Greece, in their next match of the tournament on June 17th.
Victor Chandler offer 4/11 odds of Argentina continuing in their winning ways.