Jari-Matti Latvala has said he will go to Rally Italia Sardegna next week 'full of confidence' following his victory in Argentina.

Latvala was thrilled to beat Volkswagen team-mate and defending WRC Champion Sebastien Ogier on Rally Argentina and afterwards said the result helps keep his championship hopes alive. However with the Finn still 24 points behind, he really needs to beat the Frenchman again if he is to keep up the pressure and close that gap further.

"There are a few rallies on the WRC calendar, to which I particularly look forward - and the Rally Italy is one of them," Latvala said ahead of round six in WRC 2014. "The surface is a little like the Rally Portugal, although the corners in Italy are more easily visible. The surface is also more slippery than in Portugal, because the top layer is very sandy. However, there will also be greater grip once the route has been 'cleared' by a few cars.

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"The streets are pretty narrow and the trees and rocks can be very close. Despite this, it does not take long to find a rhythm on the special stages. There is little room for drifting, so we will have to be careful and not apply too much pressure at the start.

"Last year we were fastest in qualifying in the Polo R WRC, but unfortunately we then suffered a puncture on the opening special stage. Miikka [Anttila] and I did manage to fight our way back to third place, however.

"After the win in Argentina, I obviously travel to Italy full of confidence and with my sights set on challenging for another victory.

"My goal is to finish in the top three," he concluded.