Even before Brazil went crashing out of the Copa America like a drunken uncle playing musical chairs, they knew that Neymar would not feature regardless of how far they went. Instead of Comobia, Uruguay or one of the other big teams, Argentina will face Paraguay tonight, formerly managed by Gerardo Martino, the current Argentine boss, and it will be interesting to see how he sets up versus his old team.
There have been rumblings of dissent from the dressing room over the actual ability of Martino to manage the team, according to some reports at least, and that is interesting when you consider that Messi allegedly recommended Martino before Barcelona hired him. It will need all eleven players to be on the same page if little Leo and his mates are to progress along the route most of us expect, as Paraguay will be committed and believe they have what it takes to cause a shock.
The bookies all have Argentina as strong favourites now, with only really Chile expected to stand in their way. That is not to devalue or degrade Paraguay, but they will know they are underdogs tonight, and most likely revel in the chance to prove the entire footballing world wrong.
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