Aware of his reserved style, Argentina’s coach Lionel Scaloni only confirmed the presence of the striker Sergio Aguero in the CONMEBOL Copa America semi-final against Brazil but refused to give details.
“Aguero plays, I say that because I read there is a doubt about it, but i want to be clear”, but then he said, generating laughter in the press auditorium of the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte: “The line-up is not confirmed (…) Neither is Messi confirmed”.
He also assured that the changes he makes in the team are made according to the best for the group and not depending on the rival, which in this case is the great Brazil.
Sergio Agüero was a starter in the first game of this tournament of Argentina against Colombia, where they lost 2-0. He came in the second half in the 1-1 draw against Paraguay but was from the beginning against Qatar (scored a goal 2-0) and against Venezuela in the quarterfinals, where he was key in the attack.
The duel against the Canarinha is Scaloni’s number 14 as Argentina’s Coach. “I think that given the youth that I have (41 years) and the little experience, it is evident, I don’t stop learning, so do the great coaches, in my case even more”, he explained.
The coach, whose team has not won the CONMEBOL Copa América since 1993, believes the game is important for both countries, “but for Brazil it’s a little more because it’s local and it’s playing in front of its fans”.
He explained that his playing strategy does not include individual marking and that he will try to maintain superiority on the midfield.
Scaloni highlighted Brazil’s “strength in counterattacks” and said its players don’t have to be in a hurry to find the goal against their opponents. However, he denied that he is going to close behind, referring to teams like Venezuela or Paraguay that were extremely defensive against Brazil.
“Sometimes your opponent dominates you, you’re physically tired, but we can’t think about being left behind. When your opponent has the ball, it’s normal to suffer”, he said.
Scaloni asked the Argentine fans to stay calm because he will identify with the team against a difficult opponent.
“We’re going to play the game we have to play and make people feel proud”, he said.