Tevez must play, admits coach Maradona
- Fri 11 Jun 2010, 11:13AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Diego Maradona has told Argentina striker Carlos Tevez to stop worrying about his World Cup place and admitted that the Blues hero HAS to start in South Africa.
Anxious Carlos has been sticking to a strict fruit diet and even hired a personal trainer because he feared for his starting place in unpredictable coach Maradona's plans.
But Maradona has revealed he is ready to accomodate Tevez, City's Player of the Year after a goal-spangled season, in a three-man "trident" attack against Nigeria tomorrow.
Argentina's Hand of God icon confirmed Lionel Messi's fitness but reassured Tevez: "Carlitos cannot be left out of the team. He is an idol of the people, more than me and Lionel Messi."
Elsewhere, City enforcer Nigel de Jong believes he has cemented a strong partnership with Mark van Bommel at the heart of Holland's midfield as the Dutch prepare to face Denmark on Monday afternoon.
De Jong said: "Since Mark has returned, we have a connection. Such co-operation is good and he knows my qualities. If he's away, I can do his job, when I'm away, he can do mine. That confidence feels good.
"It's good having a defensive block on the midfield. We're playing for the good of the team. I don't have any trouble with that. I'd rather stop a good attack than score a nice goal.
"We let our team-mates at the front show us how much quality they possess. As a midfielder, I'm really enjoying their style."