Two years after it lost to Brazil in the semi-final of the Copa America, Argentina is preparing to meet its arch-rivals again in 2021’s final, but coach Lionel Scaloni is playing down talk of revenge.

Brazil won 2-0 in 2019 on its way to its ninth Copa title in a game the Argentines remember for controversial refereeing decisions that went against them.

Lionel Messi accused organisers CONMEBOL of favouring Brazil after the tournament and was banned and fined for his outburst.

Yet Scaloni, who has led Argentina on a 19-game unbeaten run ever since, said he and his players were not thinking back but ahead, to Saturday’s final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

“I don’t believe in revenge, I believe in the work we’ve done, and the project we have here,” Scaloni said.

“For sure, tomorrow it will come to a conclusion, this is a final. We are playing our eternal rival and I…

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