Argentine Superstar Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero will have to sweat if they’re going to break down Brazil’s watertight defense in their Copa America semi-final, says Selecao striker Gabriel Jesus.
Brazil have yet to concede a goal in four matches at the Copa while Argentina have improved defensively and kept clean sheets in their last two matches.
The Brazilian superstar Jesus expects a tight contest in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday and says Brazil’s defense won’t give Argentina’s forward line an inch.
“It’s tough to get behind a defense that doesn’t concede goals,” the Manchester City forward said of Argentina’s back-line.
He added, “It’s also a long time since we conceded a goal. It’s very important to have a solid defence.
Jesus said, I am sure Argentina will attack us and I’m looking forward to joking around with my City team-mates Aguero and center-back Nicolas Otamendi, but only after the match.’
What’s clear, though, is that this is the most keenly anticipated match on the continent, between the two regional giants.
Brazil are the most successful team in World Cup Football history with five titles to Argentina’s two, but at a continental level, the roles are reversed as Argentina have won the Copa 14 times compared to eight for Brazil.
Should Argentina win again, they would match Uruguay’s record of 15 titles.