Chile enforcer Gary Medel believes the hosts will have to give a flawless defensive performance if they are to defeat Argentina’s star-studded line-up in Saturday’s Copa America final.    Argentina, spearheaded by their “Fantastic Four” of Lionel Messi, Javier Pastore, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria, arrive in the final brimming with confidence after thrashing Paraguay 6-1 in the semi-finals. Inter Milan star Medel said while there were no plans to man-mark Messi, Chile’s defence would need to be at its best if they wanted to help the team win a first Copa America crown. “We will have to produce a perfect game in defense,” said Medel, whose rugged defending has seen him nicknamed “Pitbull”. Medel meanwhile said Chile would also give Argentina plenty of food for thought. “We are in the final on merit,” Medel said. “We have shown much more than other teams, and with Argentina, we have been the best team in the tournament.” Medel admitted Chile’s […]

The Copa America final between Argentina and hosts Chile could turn upon a showdown between Lionel Messi’s brilliance and the combative Gary Medel, whose ‘Pitbull’ nickname perfectly sums up his style. The well-travelled defensive midfielder Medel will have the near-impossible job of controlling FC Barcelona star Messi ‘The Flea’ in Saturday’s clash between two teams, arch-rivals who are each desperate for Copa success. The FC Barcelona star danced around Paraguay’s defenders as Argentina fired six goals past them in the semi-final this week. Medel provoked jitters for his side when he scored an own goal that put Peru level before Chile secured a 2-1 win to reach the final. Argentina captain Messi has now gone more than 900 minutes without scoring a goal from open play in an international game. But he has remained a world class threat who had a hand in virtually all of Argentina’s goals against Paraguay. “Hopefully I can score in the final, but it really doesn’t […]