Diego Maradona Hails 'Fierce' Paraguayan Footballers

Speaking about Nacional -  a Paraguayan club, Diego Maradona praised the spirit with which the players from the country play football.

Updated: August 12, 2014 12:37 IST
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Diego Maradona is known for his keen interest in South American football.

Buenos Aires: Argentine football legend Diego Maradona warned San Lorenzo to prepare for a tough match against Nacional in the Libertadores Cup final, saying Paraguayan footballers "are fierce."

The two teams go head to head in the Libertadores Cup final on Wednesday in Buenos Aires, reports Xinhua.

"By all means, let the San Lorenzo fans celebrate," said Maradona, referring to the team's odds of winning the tournament.

"But the knives-clenched-between-their-teeth Paraguayans are fierce," he warned, indicating San Lorenzo should be ready for a tough battle.

Maradona, retired football player and coach, made the remarks in an interview Monday with TV channel America, in which he also severely criticised the playing quality of his team Boca Juniors.

Boca lost to Newell's 0-1 at a home game, as part of the Transition Tournament, with what Maradona called "the worst version" of the team he had ever seen.

"It's a sorry sight that they can't take three consecutive steps, and that once past the midfield they have to throw the ball at a header like (forward Emmanuel) Gigliotti who misses two out of three times," Maradona said of the game.

Maradona said he won't be attending the Libertadores final at San Lorenzo Stadium, following the 1-1 draw of the first leg played on Wednesday in Asuncion, Paraguay.

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