Diaz expects Argentina to triumph

12 August 2015 02:58:23 EST
Alexis Sanchez and Chile are aiming to seal glory on home soil.

Paraguay head coach Ramon Diaz believes that hosts Chile will have their work cut out when they face Argentina in the final of the Copa America in Santiago.

La Albiceleste put on a dazzling display in their semi-final to overpower Diaz's side 5-1 and the Argentinian is backing his compatriots to go all the way and lift the Copa for the first time since 1993.

He told the official Copa America website: "If Argentina play that way, like they did against us, Chile have no chance.

If Argentina play that way, like they did against us, Chile have no chance.

Ramon Diaz

"For the quality of their players, the time they have been working together, I think the result will be very favourable for the Argentine national team.

"They are the best team in the world. With respect to Chile, Argentina have played better than anyone else in this second phase.

"We will see what the reality is on Saturday, but this Argentina national team is one of the best sides I have seen in a long time."

Argentina are 4/7 to lift the trophy on Saturday evening, with Chile available at 11/8, while the hosts are 9/1 to triumph after extra-time, as they look to win the Copa America for the first time.

Meanwhile, Chile captain Claudio Bravo is confident that his side will be able to cope with the attacking talent at the disposal of Argentina, adding: "We never have fear with any team. We have the maximum respect for all national teams.

"We are prepared, we know how he have to play. We have always tried to play and suffocate with our pressing."

And the Barcelona keeper has played down talk of star striker Alexis Sanchez being a doubt for the Saturday showpieces final, adding: "He has worked normally, is fine and in good condition. No player has been ruled out."

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