The United States have dared to pull off a mission improbable in the Copa America semi-finals where they dream of beating Argentina on Tuesday. The US will face the Messi-inspired Argentina in a tournament that has been long awaited.
Jurgen Klinsmann has already met his pre-tournament goal of reaching the last four after helping his side navigate a challenging group phase and an awkward quarter-final against in-form Ecuador.
Despite his team having faced numerous suspensions which will have an impact on how he chooses his first eleven, Klinsmann is bullishly talking up his team’s chances as they prepare to take on the might of Argentina.
The German World Cup winner has cited has the good performance of his team in the recent friendly matches. Some of the notable ones are against the Netherlands and Germany. They also believe due to how they performed in the World Cup.
“There’s no reason at all why we can’t win Copa America,” Klinsmann said on Sunday. In Brazil two years ago, Klinsmann’s side helped eliminate a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal and highly rated Ghana before qualifying with Germany in the World Cup’s “Group of Death.”
“We don’t need to talk up Argentina any bigger than they are,” Klinsmann said.
“Two years ago we had Mr Ronaldo against us in Manaus. And we led them 2-1 until the 96th minute,” Klinsmann said of his team’s first round World Cup match which finished in a 2-2 draw.
“Anything is possible in knockout games. Dream big — why not? This is about two more games.”
But in a private capacity, Klinsmann will try to handle the puzzle that midfielder Jones has caused. To combat this, he has requested his team to do away with the mentality that they are underdogs.