A contest between Neymar and Lionel Messi is what number of followers understand the Copa America final between Brazil and Argentina.
The gamers themselves, although, see the larger problem on Saturday at Maracana Stadium shall be between one of many hardest defensive strains to interrupt and the safety round probably the greatest gamers in historical past.
Brazil has conceded solely two targets in six matches within the event. Veteran Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Eder Militao are taking shifts as starters with out placing the Selecao beneath an excessive amount of — if any — danger.
Defensive midfielders Casemiro and Fred are relentless. Right-back Danilo and left-back Renan Lodi are keener to defend than go operating up entrance.
These gamers initially criticised the South American soccer confederation for shifting the continental event to Brazil in emergency mode. Before the final towards Messi’s Argentina, they’ve modified their narrative to successful in any respect prices. And retaining a clear sheet.
“The zone where Messi plays is where I play, we face each other a lot during matches,” Casemiro advised a information convention on Thursday.
“I can’t mark any player by myself, you need teammates. And you don’t mark only one player.
“It starts with Neymar, Richarlison and it ends in the goalkeeper — a team plays with 11, defends with 11 and attacks with 11.”
Midfielders Rodrigo de Paul and Giovani Lo Celso are including to a barrier round Messi.
Before the event, Messi stated it was his dream to win his first major title with Argentina.
He is taking part in Barcelona-style for his nationwide crew, scoring from free kicks, dazzling adversaries with frequent runs regardless of his age and giving loads of passes.
The Selecao trusts a lot in its defence that its strikers are under-performing. Richarlison and Roberto Firmino scored just one aim every for Brazil. Gabriel Jesus, who’s suspended for the final, didn’t discover the again of the web.
Argentina’s effort to guard Messi has additionally price the crew bodily within the second half of most matches — that’s exactly when Brazil scores extra targets.
Juicy feedback earlier than the final may additionally have an effect on the temper for the sport. Brazil’s Richarlison stated his crew will trash speak the Argentinians in the course of the match.
“We can manage, it isn’t just talking. We will talk and show it on the pitch,” the striker stated. “We will provoke them, it will happen.”
Final shall be performed at 5.30 a.m. (Sunday).