Martino warns of Chile threat

12 August 2015 07:59:00 UK

Argentina head coach Gerardo Martino has warned his side that they will face a tough task when they take on hosts Chile in the final of the Copa America.

La Albiceleste powered through to the Santiago finale with a 6-1 demolition of Paraguay in the last four, but Martino is expecting a much sterner test against a Chile side looking to delight their home fans.

It's not the World Cup but it's very important.

Gerardo Martino

He told reporters: "We are up against a Chile team that are playing well. They have good players and have been in a process for three years.

"Some ideas don't change and Chile won't change against us. They will press us when they can and attack us just like they do against other teams."

Martino will hope to have central defender Ezequiel Garay available for the final on Saturday, with the Zenit St Petersburg stopper having missed the semi-final due to stomach problems.

And former Barcelona tactician Martino is pleased to see his side reach a second major final in a 12-month period, with the South Americans having been beaten 1-0 by Germany in the World Cup final last summer.

He added: "We are very happy because these guys are in another final of an important tournament in the space of less than a year.

"It's not the World Cup but it's very important. We will have to work hard to win the game against Chile."

Chile reached the final by defeating Peru 2-1 in the first semi-final and they are looking to win the Copa America for the first time in their history, while Argentina are seeking a first triumph since 1993.

Martino's men can be backed at 1/1 to lift the trophy, with Chile 1/1, while the hosts are 1/1 to win the final in 90 minutes.

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