Paraguay International Antolin Alcaraz Lowers Copa America Expectations

Posted by admin on Thursday, 17 February 2011

Paraguay international Antolin Alcaraz has tried to lower the expectations ahead of the Copa America.
Paraguay impressed at the 2010 World Cup and finished ahead of Slovakia, New Zealand and Italy in the group stage before eventually being eliminated by Spain.

The good performances in South Africa have raised expectations in the South American nation for this summer's Copa America, but defender Antolin Alcaraz has made it clear that the Guaranies are not getting carried away.

"Like the World Cup, we will try to play our game, take the matches one at a time and try to win them all if possible," Alcaraz was quoted as saying on the official FIFA website.

"I think now because we did well in the qualifying for the World Cup people will expect more from us in the Copa America, I think everybody is already seeing Paraguay in the final.

"Normally this is good, for the team and the people, but the most important thing will be working hard to get off to a good start in our first game."

The Copa America takes place in Argentina from July 1 to 24.