In an interview with TyC Sports, Maradona said the following:
“I do not want to play against Canada. The leagues finish too late. The players will arrive having played alot of games. We want to give them four or five days off and put ourselves fully into World Cup preparations.”
“The time frame for preparations is getting shorter. The talks that we are going to have with the players in Germany will be very important.”
“They either take good care of themselves or take care of not burning out. I will take to the World Cup those that are not physically drained.”
Maradona does not want the players that will be in the WC squad to travel to Argentina in May to play against Canada. Instead he wants to have a mini training camp in Germany before departing to South Africa.