Argentina’s 28 barren years without a major title will have no bearing on the outcome of its Copa America final against Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil coach Tite said on Friday.

The two South American giants meet on Saturday at the Maracana stadium with Argentina’s long drought once again the major topic of conversation.

The visitors has not won a major title since lifting the Copa America in 1993 and its top player Lionel Messi has never won a major trophy with the national side.

“That’s the past, you can’t look at the past as a guide,” Tite said. “We are unbeaten in the last two Copas America, we have better numbers but I don’t see that has much significance.”

The expectation and banter has ramped up on both sides – Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro told his Argentine opposite number last week he expected Brazil to win 5-0 – but Tite downplayed the mind…

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