The Colombia and Argentina team collide in the semifinals of the Copa América, in a duel between two teams that know each other perfectly and will seek to make their virtues weigh.
While the Tricolor only won one game in the 90 minutes of the tournament, the Albicleste has 4 wins in 5 games and is at its best. Both arrive motivated, but Lionel Scaloni’s team showed more virtues and will seek to weigh them on the last step towards the final of the Maracana against Brazil.
These will be the keys to this Tuesday’s duel in Brasilia.
The best player in the championship, without discussion. It is difficult to say that these are the best days of the Rosario star with the national shirt, but it is clear that he was seldom so comfortable. In this Argentina, Messi does everything: he scores goals, assists, dribbles, manages the times and shows the way from his attitude. He will be the great concern of Colombia, which will seek to contain him without a personal brand but with a defensive system that involves all defenders and midfielders. Colombian success depends on it.
THE FIRST TIME
If Argentina did something well in this Cup, it was to go out with everything in each game. He turned in all the early stages and at the beginning he saw his best side. At that stage, he stands in the opponent’s field, handles the ball and arrives with danger. If Colombia manages to get out of the first 45 minutes unscathed, its options will grow, because in the complement the Albiceleste lowers its intensity and gives up the initiative.
THE MIDDLE FIELD
There the group of Reinaldo Rueda can become strong, who will once again have Juan Guillermo Cuadrado. The paisa, soccer leader of his team, will be accompanied by the strength of Wilmar Barrios and the mixed work of Gustavo Cuéllar. If this trio manages to prevail against players more prepared for possession than for fighting, such as Leandro Paredes, Giovannia Lo Celso and Rodrigo De Paul, Colombia can take advantage.
THE AIR GAME
Another point where the Colombian team can hurt. In the Qualifiers, Argentina suffered a lot from above, even against Colombia itself, which tied it with a header from Miguel Borja. With Yerry Mina, perhaps the most dangerous man on the continent in the air game, he has a real guarantee and Nicolás Otamendi and Germán Pezzella will have to take care of themselves twice in the centers.