BELO HORIZONTE (Brazil): Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni insisted the future is bright for his new-look squad despite their 2-0 defeat to Brazil on Tuesday that prevented them from reaching the Copa America final.

“Without a doubt, today we showed that this group of players feel the jersey like no-one else,” he said.

“We showed an image for the future of this squad and these players and the great path they are on. “To play in this stadium, in these conditions and to be superior to our opponents.

“It doesn’t matter because they’re going to the final but if we’re aware of what we did today then there’s only
positives.”

He said the defeat was “unfair” claiming that “no other team has created as many goalscoring chances against Brazil as we did.” Star player Lionel Messi was quiet at times but showed flashes of his brilliant best, including hitting the post with a volley on 57 minutes.

“There’s no debate about this, he’s our standard-bearer,” said Scaloni. – AFP