Argentina meets Paraguay in round 2 of Copa America. The match will be played on Thursday, June 20th at Mineirão (Belo Horizonte)
As for Argentina, the team experiences hard times. There are two reasons. 1. The public did not like the job of Jorge Sampaoli with Argentina, and this is his fault, but let's look at him now: Jorge trains the poor and very limited in financial resources Santos and manages, even in such conditions, to give battle to even the richest clubs of the Brazilian Serie A. The second point is that everyone is despising Gonzalo Higuain, but the Argentines have not lost a single match in Copa America when he was on the pitch in the regulation time. It is clear that Lautaro Martinez is a promising option, and he is better than Mauro Icardi, but it is precisely Higuain who is needed in addition to Aguero right now. 2. There is one more thing – many people call Valverde a gym teacher. Nevertheless, Scaloni (the current coach of Argentina) will be the emperor of gym teachers in your eyes. This "genius" managed to work in the coaching staff of Sevilla in 2016-2017, where Sampaoli and the most brilliant Juan Manuel Lillo were. Scaloni was there and didn’t really learn anything from them - in the match with Colombia, Argentina copied the formation of Barcelona (due to the fact that Messi does not participate in the pressure), but the Argentines had no preparation for the opponent.
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The coach of Paraguay, Eduardo Berizzo is underestimated: many people simply forgot about him, and some dislike him for failures in Bilbao. Although, two years ago, he led his native Celta to the semifinals of the Europa League, where it was stopped by Manchester United of Jose Mourinho (and that was only due to luck). Then there was Sevilla, where only the disease prevented him from arranging football that he had in Celta (although Sevilla had some splashes: a 3:3 draw with Liverpool at Ramon Sánchez Pizjuán, for example). To be a coach in Athletic is problematic - like in the national teams, almost everything depends on the generation. Now there is just such a moment, so the coaches who choose positional football feel hard there (if only they are not psycho-geniuses; Marcelo Bielsa did a good job there). But Berizzo shouldn’t have large-scale problems associated with the players in Paraguay. Now a generational change has begun, and the Paraguayans can qualify for the World Championship 2022 in Qatar with such players
Argentina is very problematic now, and the essence of this problem lies not in conversion or luck but in the coach and some players. For performances in major tournaments, it is almost always the decisive factor. Paraguay seems to me a team that can surprise us all (only by watching football very carefully). The match with Qatar was important in terms of the fight for points, but the Paraguayans could lose that match only to itself. The match with Argentina will be important for them, and Paraguay is not much weaker, but bookmakers see Argentina as a clear favorite.
Prediction for the match: Argentina to win with a clean sheet – no