Javier Mascherano and Sergio Aguero gear up for Argentina’s Copa America opener against Chile in repeat of 2015 final
- Argentina open their Copa America campaign against Chile on June 7
- Javier Mascherano and Sergio Aguero shared pictures from their camp
- Argentina also face Panama and Bolivia in the opening stages
Argentina have been honing their preparations for this month’s Copa America ahead of their opening game against current holders Chile – in a repeat of last year’s final.
Javier Mascherano, who is reportedly in the process of a transfer from Barcelona to Juventus, and Sergio Aguero appear in confident mood ahead of the June 7 clash.
The 31-year-old Mascherano shared a picture alongside strikers Aguero and Gonzalo Higauin, captioning the image with ‘during training. We continue preparation.’
Sergio Aguero (left) poses with Gonzalo Higuain (centre) and Javier Mascherano at Argentina training
Argentina and Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero uploaded a picture alongside (left-to-right) Macos Rojo, Nicola Gaitan (top), Erik Lamela, Nicolas Otamendi, Ramiro Funes Mori, Gabriel Mercado and Mati Kranevitter
JUNE 7: Argentina vs Chile
JUNE 11: Argentina vs Panama
JUNE 15: Argentina vs Bolivia
Manchester City forward Aguero published an image on Instagram from Argentina’s gym, alongside Macos Rojo, Erik Lamela, Nicola Gaitan, Nicolas Otamendi, Ramiro Funes Mori, Gabriel Mercado and Mati Kranevitter.
Aguero, Mascherano and Co lost on penalties in the final to last year’s host Chile, making it two consecutive years of losses in international finals following their 2014 World Cup defeat by Germany.
The game ended 0-0 in Santiago after extra time before Chile emerged 4-1 winners from spot-kicks.
Lionel Messi converted his opening effort from 12 yards for Argentina before Higuain and Ever Banega missed.
Chile defeated Argentina on penalties in the 2015 Copa America final to win the tournament as host nation
Defeat by Chile was Argentina’s second loss in a major final in two years following the World Cup heartache
This year’s Copa America, held in the United States, is to mark the 100th anniversary of the first tournament.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s side take on Colombia in the curtain-raising clash in Santa Clara on Friday.