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By ESPN Staff
Nov 15, 2007

Argentina tell fans to lower expectations

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Argentina's players asked their fans on Thursday not to expect too much from Saturday's World Cup qualifier at home to Bolivia.

Argentina are the only team to have taken maximum points from their two opening games in the South American group while Bolivia let in five goals in their visit to Uruguay last month.

The Bolivians have one point, have yet to score and have lost all previous nine matches away to Argentina.

Midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme recalled that Argentina were criticised for failing to add to two first-half goals in their 2-0 win over Chile last month.

'The supporters are like that in Argentina ... it's never good enough,' he told reporters.

'Against Chile, they said it would be difficult, then they complained that after going 2-0 ahead we stopped attacking.'

Forward Carlos Tevez also played down thoughts of a big score.

'If we start thinking about scoring a lot of goals, we're going down the wrong path,' he said.

'The first thing we have to think about is playing a good game.'

Striker Hernan Crespo added: 'We can't think about scoring the third goal before we've scored the first.'

Defender Nicolas Burdisso warned against underestimating the visitors. 'We have to respect Bolivia, as with all other opponents.

'Bolivia have little to lose and much to win.'