Copa America Appetizers. Argentina or pursuing revenge.
June 6, 2016
After losing two consecutive finals in Brazil 2014 and Chile 2015, la Albiceleste want to cut the long drougth winning Copa America Centenario with an impressive squad where Gerardo Martino will have plenty of choices to pick up the starting eleven from the much-expected game against Chile their hangman in the last edition of the continental tournament.
Having everything to success, Argentina is still looking for the missing key to finally win a trophy. Stars like Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Agüero have not been enough reason for this team to conquer a title while their supporters are still expecting a real team effort more than wait for one their idols solving the equation.
A veteran of multiple battles, Javier Mascherano has in front another chance to not be called the captain of the losers. Playing in his natural position "El Jefecito" will be the benefit of the presence of Nicolás Otamendi and Ramiro Funes Mori behind him and the likes of Ever Banega, Erik Lamela or Javier Pastore around that part of the pitch.
Under the spotlight
Lionel Messi has won everything with FC Barcelona but the most wanted trophy for his cupboard still is a major title with his beloved National Team. The tricky part is to find the way to play for the arguably best player of the world to finally collect the benefits of his genius. Despite arriving after another long and exhausting season, Messi will be again the brain and the oxygen of the team.
Ramiro Funes Mori has been key in the "Tata" Martino drawing after the Copa America 2015.Being a left-footed, the Premier League side Everton defender allows playing Otamendi as a right centre-defender a strategy that also gives him the confidence to attack when the opportunity arises.
Gerardo Martino has coached Paraguay and Argentina to play in Copa America 2011 and 2015 finals respectably. Now he has the chance to turn the effort in success winning the Copa America Centenario where he will play his 4-3-3 as he did in Newell's and Barcelona.