Scaloni: Argentina's Copa America campaign hasn't started yet

Argentina's Copa America will only be truly get under way against Paraguay, said coach Lionel Scaloni.

Published : Jun 19, 2019 12:18 IST

Lionel Scaloni  said it was like Argentina's  Copa America  campaign had not yet started as his side looks to bounce back against Paraguay on Wednesday.

Argentina slumped to a disappointing 2-0 loss to Colombia in its opening game, leaving the side in the bottom of Group B and in danger of an early exit.

Scaloni said his players had taken the defeat as expected and he is anticipating a response in Belo Horizonte.

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"The Copa for us is like it has not started yet. The group is doing well, assimilating the defeat as it should," he told a news conference.

"We would have liked to have started in another way, but the players are clear that there are two games to play."

Scaloni was unwilling to name his starting XI on Tuesday, but there were elements of his side's performance against Colombia he was pleased with.

The former Argentina international hopes to see his team become more consistent over 90 minutes when it faces Paraguay, which drew 2-2 with Qatar in its first outing.

"Most winning teams haven't dominated as we did in those 30 minutes with Colombia," Scaloni said.

"If we had scored, our situation would be different. Unfortunately, we didn't score and paid for it."

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