Argentine powerhouse has never faced Everton before

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

River Plate has never faced Everton.

In fact it's rare for the Argentine club to ever see an English opponent.

So going up against one of the top teams in the Premier League has the 33-time Argentine champions excited to see how they rate.

"We hope it's going to be a good game," said striker Mauro Rosales.

"We know that English teams are always strong, they play hard and we're looking forward to it."

River Plate had an off-year by their standards, finishing eighth in the most recent domestic season.

The placing did not sit well with the fans and local media, who have grown accustomed to the team not only battling for Argentine titles, but South American supremacy as well.

"I don't know if it's pressure, but there are a lot of expectations on us because River is a big club and they're always obliged to win championships and important tournaments," said defender Lucas Orban.

"Every day is a new day, we have to turn the page and start all over again. This will be good for us, hopefully we'll keep improving and in the next season we'll do better."

Playing a team like Everton will bring the best out of River Plate, who faced Toronto FC on Wednesday and will travel to play the Montreal Impact on this Canadian tour as well.

"We take all games seriously, for us there are no exhibition games, we individually have a lot on the line, we are all playing for spots on the and want to work collectively to improve from last season," said defender Cristian Villagra.

"This is huge for us. They finished fifth in the Premier League, which is a great accomplishment. We hope that this turns out to be a great game and things turn out well for us."


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