Argentina's Esteban Cambiasso Plays Down USA Draw

'Chucho' insisted that his team deserved to win after Argentina drew 1-1 on Saturday, and has high hopes for the future.
Argentina and Inter star Esteban Cambiasso played down the importance of Saturday's draw against the United States, as the Albiceleste were surprised by a spirited fightback from Bob Bradley's side to tie 1-1.

'El Cucho' netted the South American's only goal in the first half to give his side the lead, but after a dominant first half the USA fought back through Juan Agudelo's strike to level proceedings. After the game however the midfielder assured that the slip would do nothing to lead Argentina from their current gameplan.

"The result is not going to change any part of what we are seeking to do on the pitch. We are convinced of what we want to achieve," Cambiasso told reporters in a post-match press conference in New Jersey.

"We deserved to win, and a draw will not take us off our current path."

The Albiceleste had several chances to wrap up the game, but profligacy in front of goal and an excellent performance from Tim Howard denied them adding more than one strike. Cambiasso was guilty himself of squandering a fantastic opportunity, and admitted his side needed to be more ruthless in front of the net.

"A goal would have allowed us to keep calm and keep playing the game we had shown in the first half. Unfortunately afterward they drew level from a set piece," the 30-year-old stated.

"But the draw doesn't matter. We are in a building process and we will follow the same game-plan. The United States were a respectable rival, but I think we showed some good stuff and deserved to win."

Sergio Batista's side are next in action against Costa Rica on Tuesday.

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