After some fun weeks of football down in South America, we reach the final of the continental competition with the two best teams of the tournament: Chile and Argentina didn't exactly destroy every single opponent, but each had at least one memorable performance in the 2015 Copa América, and both teams play the most beautiful football at the moment among the Latino nations.
And, what is more fun, both have some pretty important members of their respective squads that play for Barcelona. Claudio Bravo is the captain and leader of La Roja, the calming influence and the spectacular goalkeeper that we all know after a year of watching his brilliance in La Liga. The Albiceleste has the best player ever, Lionel Messi, and El Jefecito, Javier Mascherano, two of the most important pieces of the Treble-winning season for the Blaugrana. Chile also has Alexis Sánchez, who left Barça just a year ago and was a very good player for the Catalans.
Both teams want to make history today: Argentina hasn't won a senior competition since 1993, and the current generation, which is arguably the most talented ever, carries a lot of weight in their shoulders to finally deliver a title for a country who lives and dies football. Chile, on the other hand, has never won a Copa América, and they have a golden chance to do it in front of their home crowd. This talented and bold side is coached by a Marcelo Bielsa disciple, and Jorge Sampaoli makes every Chile game a must-watch.
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Bravo; Isla, Silva, Medel, Beausejour; Díaz, Aránguiz, Vidal; Valdívia; Sánchez, Vargas
Romero; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Demichelis, Rojo; Mascherano, Biglia, Pastore; Messi, Agüero, Di María