A contention betwixt Neymar and Lionel Messi is however galore fans comprehend the Copa America last betwixt Brazil and Argentina.
The players themselves, though, spot the bigger situation connected Saturday astatine Maracana Stadium volition beryllium betwixt 1 of the toughest antiaircraft lines to interruption successful satellite shot and the extortion astir 1 of the champion players successful history.
With a dash of capsicum disconnected the transportation to spice up the rivalry.
Neymar's Brazil lineup has conceded lone 2 goals successful six matches astatine the Copa America. Veteran Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Éder Militão are taking shifts arsenic starters without putting the Selecao nether excessively overmuch — if immoderate — risk. Defensive midfielders Casemiro and Fred are relentless. Right-back Danilo and left-back Renan Lodi are keener to support than spell moving up front.
These players initially criticized the South American shot confederation for shifting the continental tourney to Brazil successful exigency mode. Before the last against Messi's Argentina, they've changed their communicative to winning astatine each costs. And keeping a cleanable sheet.
“The portion wherever Messi plays is wherever I play, we look each different a batch during matches,” Casemiro told a quality league connected Thursday. “I can’t people immoderate subordinate by myself, you request teammates. And you don’t people lone 1 player.
"It starts with Neymar, Richarlison and it ends successful the goalkeeper — a squad plays with 11, defends with 11 and attacks with 11.”
Meanwhile, Argentina has recovered a look to effort support Messi, who present astatine property 34 plays overmuch person to the last 3rd of the pitch. Midfielders Rodrigo de Paul and Giovani Lo Celso, notably originative players, are selflessly adding to a obstruction astir Messi. Although they inactive negociate to springiness bully passes to assertive wingers Lautaro Martinez and Nico Gonzalez.
Messi has scored 4 goals and fixed 5 assists during this variation of Copa America. Before the tournament, helium said it was his imagination to triumph his archetypal large rubric with Argentina, which hasn’t won large trophies successful 28 years. He is playing Barcelona-style for his nationalist team, scoring from escaped kicks, dazzling adversaries with predominant runs contempt his property and giving plentifulness of passes.
“Messi is 1 measurement up of each of us,” De Paul said earlier the punishment shootout triumph against Colombia successful the semifinals. “One is present to grow, to help. We are each connected the aforesaid path. What matters is to triumph and correspond Argentina well.”
The strengths of Brazil and Argentina besides belie immoderate of their weaknesses.
The Selecao trusts truthful overmuch successful its defence that its strikers are under-performing astatine Copa America. Richarlison and Roberto Firmino scored lone 1 extremity each for Brazil. Gabriel Jesus, who is suspended from the final, didn't find the backmost of the net.
Argentina's effort to support Messi has besides outgo the squad physically successful the 2nd fractional of astir matches — that is precisely erstwhile Brazil scores much goals.
The Copa America last is the lone crippled of the tourney which opens the anticipation of extra-time earlier penalties. Argentina played its semifinal 1 time aft Brazil advanced.
Juicy comments earlier the last could besides impact the temper for the game. Brazil's Richarlison said his squad volition trash speech the Argentinians during the match.
“We tin manage, it isn't conscionable talking. We volition speech and amusement it connected the pitch,” the striker said. “We volition provoke them, it volition happen.”
It wasn't precise antithetic successful their erstwhile clash successful the South American tourney successful 2019, erstwhile Brazil bushed Argentina 2-0 successful the semifinals with goals by Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino. Neymar didn’t play successful that tourney due to the fact that of injury.
Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez besides provoked Colombia players during the punishment shootout that enactment his squad successful the final. Martinez made 3 saves.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro kicked disconnected the last rivalry successful an online gathering with his Argentinian counterpart Alberto Fernandez.
“I volition accidental what the effect volition be. It volition beryllium 5-0,” said Bolsonaro, who is not expected to attend. Fernandez conscionable laughed.