Chile vs Argentina: Who will end the national thirst ?118 views
SANTIAGO: As we are heading towards the end of Copa America 2015, the verge of glory might end for the host nation Chile and Argentina.
Starting with the host nation of Copa America 2015, Chile has never won the Copa in the 99-year history of the game. But this time they are in a promising position, as they will fight for the glory in front of their home crowd.
For this year’s Copa America, Chile is being managed by Jorge Sampaoli and in its starting XI they have star players like Barcelona’s goalkeeper Claudia Bravo, Juventus’ Arturo Vidal and Mauricio Isla, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, Napoli striker Eduardo Vargas and Inter Milan’s defensive midfielder Gary Medel.
On the other hand, the Runner’s up from last year’s World Cup at Brazil, Argentina have not tasted national glory from past 22 years. Argentina’s star studied team has many big names in their starting XI and on the bench as well, but the biggest of them all is Lionel Messi who was won four consecutive Ballon d’Or titles from 2009-12.
In the World of football Messi is very famously criticized for not performing in the national colors as he does for his childhood club Barcelona. The last time they won Copa America was in 1993 when Messi was six years old and since then Argentina has played seven Copa’s and six World Cups five of each played by Messi and not won a single one of them.
Before the last year’s World Cup final at Brazil between Argentina and Germany, critics said that if Messi helps his nation win the World Cup only then he can join the club of elites like Pele (Brazil), Diego Maradona (Argentina) and Zain-uddin Zindane (France). But Barcelona’s superstar again has a chance to give a shut-up call to his critics.
A strong and well-balanced side of Argentina is manged by coach Gerardo Martino and its squad includes star players like Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis, Man United’s Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo, Juventus forward Carlos Tevez, Paris Saint-Germain’s Ezequiel Lavezzi and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain.