Former England manager Fabio Capello has said that Lionel Messi has not been helped with Argentina, considering the nation have lacked the quality when it comes to the midfield and defensive departments. The Barcelona star has been criticised for the failure to guide the nation to silverware during his career but Capello believes the problems are lying behind the attacker.
Messi’s Argentina find themselves after the opening two games of the current Copa America where they have garnered one point. As such, they find themselves in a must-win situation during the final group stage clash against Asian champions Qatar in order to progress to the quarter-final stage of the continental competition.
Argentina have not won the trophy since the 1993 edition, but they have come close during the previous two tournaments where Chile got the better of them on penalties on both occasions. At present, Brazil are touted as the outright favourites to win the Copa America on their home soil and it remains to be seen whether Argentina can make the push from a poor beginning.
Chile, on the other hand, have shown that they are ready for the fight after a commanding 4-0 group stage triumph over Japan and they should provide a strong defence for the title despite the recent disappointment of missing out on the World Cup.