Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti reflected on his native Argentina’s chances in the 2022 World Cup, as they go into tournament in Qatar as one of the favourites.

Lionel Scaloni’s side are unbeaten in 36 matches and lifted the Copa America last year, and begin their World Cup campaign against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, before facing Mexico and Poland in Group C.

In an interview with Italian radio station Radio Sportiva yesterday, and as reported by, the Inter legend and former Argentina captain offered his thoughts on his country’s chances in the first ever winter World Cup.

“I have great enthusiasm because I believe it will be a great World Cup and I believe in Argentina a lot,” the 49-year-old claimed.

“We hope to have a good World Cup because all the conditions are there. Scaloni’s strong point is the sense of normality.”

Zanetti was formerly Argentina’s most capped player, having represented his country 145 times and scored five goals from 1994 until 2011.

Despite such an illustrious career, the former Banfield full-back only featured in two World Cups, in 1998 and 2002, after controversially being left out in 2006 for current Argentina coach Scaloni.

Zanetti was also left out of Diego Maradona’s squad in 2010, just weeks on from captaining Inter to a historic treble success.