The message was clear before a game between two sides who have already qualified with victories from their opening fixtures and have identical goal difference. But Germany got the better of Argentina on penalties in the 2006 quarter-finals.
He had hoped to move beyond the more typical surroundings of the stadium, hotel and airport to take in more of what the city has to offer during the World Cup - although the sheer volume of fans has forced him to reassess his plans.
The knockout stages are upon us and the tournament is set for a number of exciting fixtures in the Round of 16.
Son Heung-Min and his South Korean team-mates were pelted with eggs and Union Jack cushions after arriving home from the World Cup.
If the Philippine Azkals need inspiration, they should look at what South Korea did in its recent FIFA World Cup performance.
Oscar Robertson wonders: 'Where are the white athletes?'
Dwane Casey earned Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Raptors to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference. However, Casey was sacked after the Raptors' second consecutive second-round loss to James and the Cavaliers.
"After a European Championship or World Cup, you can judge the work that has been done in the previous two years".
Three wins from three matches at the World Cup in Russian Federation has helped Croatia jump 17 places on the latest real-time FIFA rankings.
Although Germany beat Sweden thanks to a late Toni Kroos free-kick, defeats either side to Mexico and Korea Republic saw the defending champions finish bottom of Group F. Uruguay brought them crashing back down to earth with a 3-0 win in the final game to top the group, though. And the final game of the round of 16 features a Swedish side that won a tough group versus a Swiss team with issues in the back but enough talent up front to score against anyone.
"O Rei" returned for their decisive last group outing against Eusebio's Portugal, but was the victim of another meaty tackle and was forced to limp his way through the remainder of the match as Brazil lost 3-1 again to go out.
Top stat: With nine goals scored in their three group games, Belgium are the top scorers in the competition. Gareth Southgate rested eight players - including captain and star man Harry Kane - for the Group G closer against Belgium, with the Three Lions' momentum potentially hurt by a 1-0 loss to Belgium.