Copa America 2021: From Brazil to Argentina- Ranking the 5 top contenders for the title
The 2021 edition of Copa America would be the 47th edition of the same. It would be held in Brazil for the sixth time, with the host being the defending champion. However, who are the proper contenders for this term? We take a look.
When it comes to Copa America, there are a minimal number of teams that actually can match up to the level of being a proper title contender. With the likes of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, other sides hardly stand a chance.
However, since the past decade, it has been seen that there are new teams that rise to the occasion. But do they have what it takes to become the champion this year?
In the same light, we rank the top title contenders for the 2021 Copa America. The event starts on Friday in Brazil.
Despite being one of the top sides in Latin America globally, Colombia has seen a substantial dip in its form over the past years. It has had a horrible FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, while it would be without its start players, James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, for the tournament, making things extremely difficult. Nevertheless, the side's ex-coach Reinaldo Rueda is back to manage the side, while it had a remarkable tenure under him. Can he guide the side to a surprise glory this term?
Chile emerged as the surprise winners of the 2015 and 2016 edition. However, taking its recent performance into account, it has had a horrible tenure so far, especially in the qualifiers. Nonetheless, it tends to rise to the occasion during Copa and would be futile to be entirely written out this term again.
Despite being a top team in the continent and the world, it will be a dark horse. While Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez would spearhead its attack, it bolsters an incredibly young talent that could give a tough time to the other sides. Furthermore, under the guidance of Oscar Tabarez, it could be even more predictable and is indeed one of the teams to watch out for.
One of the real favourites to win, Argentina would undoubtedly be headlined and led by its modern-day great Lionel Messi. With this likely being his last appearance in the tournament, he would leave no stones unturned to lead his side to glory, coming close in 2015 and 2016. Furthermore, his free-flowing form is likely to aid the side, despite his struggles with the national side to date.
Undoubtedly, the favourites again, the most striking reason for its being the top contender is its clean record of winning the title as host. In the previous five editions as host, it has won every single time. Furthermore, its recent flawless form in the qualifiers is sure to make it a top contender, while Neymar would once again play a key role in its success, as head coach Tite has done a phenomenal job so far.
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