Argentina football coach Gerardo Martino praised the local people’s warm welcome during their stay in Chile but he added that there will be no sympathy for the hosts in the Copa America final here on Saturday.
“We have been treated wonderfully here. But this is football. We have to play with the ball and try to win the game,” the 52-year-old said on Friday ahead of the final against Chile, reports Xinhua.
Argentina had to face several defensive sides in previous matches at this year’s Copa America due to its formidable forward line. But Martino believes Chile will come out and attack.
“It’s very difficult for them to change their style. They have been insisting on an idea for some time now so they may change personnel but when it comes to the game itself and how they approach it, Chile will be the same as they always are,” he said.
Argentina has been without a major international competition trophy since winning the 1993 Copa America and a win on Saturday will therefore end a trophy drought of 22 years.
“We just have to take advantage and by that I mean winning it. We are very happy with what we have done so far and anxious for the final to arrive,” Martino said.