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The Venezuelan coach believes that his side have a good chance of being at the 2014 World Cup...

Pride is at stake when Argentina take on Venezuela and César Farías’ side are eyeing an upset at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata on Friday.

The Copa America semis-finalists are “serious” about the game and they shall ensure that Lionel Messi doesn’t get into his own and create problems for them.

"Messi is undoubtedly a great player but football is a team game so we would look to play a team game on Friday. This match maybe called a friendly but it is actually a very serious game as it is not only about planning and preparation for the World Cup qualifiers but also about our prestige back home,” said César Farías.

The 38 year old is of the opinion that the gap between the elite and the average is gradually closing down in South America and the proof of the same could be seen at the Copa America where neither the Argentines nor the Brazilians made it into the last four to the surprise of many.

“I think the gap is narrowing between teams in South America so if we play well, we will have a good chance of reaching the 2014 World Cup,” he stated his ambitions.
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“We are the underdogs for sure but we believe in our abilities. We respect Argentina as they are a quality side but would still try to win the game,” he added.

With the match is set to be played on an artificial turf at the Salt Lake Stadium, Farías has no qualms on the pitch unlike his Argentine counterpart.

“We recently played on artificial turf against Colombia in New York and against Mexico in Las Vegas. We also have some grounds back in Venezuela which have artificial turf so we have experience of playing in such surface,” he said.

Farías spoke highly of Kolkata or the City of Joy but added that his side aren’t in India as tourists but on a professional assignment.

"We have only been for a few hours in India and have been enjoying the hospitality. We are aware about the rich history and culture of Kolkata but since we are here for an important match, we won't spend much time sightseeing,” he signed off.

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