We’re not really sure what to digest from the Copa America.
First things first, the fact that there’s ANOTHER one next summer seems ludicrous. No wonder Alexis Sanchez looks permanently goosed.
The quality on show has left a lot to be desired too, resulting in the entire event being a bit, you know, meh.
Argentina squeezed through their group despite scoring just three times in three games, with Lionel Messi just about masking a defence that wouldn’t look out of place in the Championship.
Colombia crashed out in the quarter-finals without conceding a single goal, as three of the four last-eight clashes went to penalties following 0-0 draws in normal time.
But should we be that surprised?
After all, you only need to look at Chile’s reign of supremacy to spot a theme emerging.
The back-to-back holders are still on course to make it a hat-trick of successes if they can surpass Peru tonight and then Brazil in Sunday’s finale.
In 2015 they beat Argentina on penalties after a 0-0 draw. It was then a case of rinse and repeat a year later when Messi famously broke down in New Jersey.
Chile continue to punch above their weight seemingly without ever changing their personnel.
They’re like South America’s answer to Switzerland, their players immovable and ageless.
For example, Mauricio Isla and Jean Beausejour – formerly of QPR and Wigan – are still their first-choice full back options, while another former Rangers man Eduardo Vargas continues to lead the line.
Sanchez, fresh after his six-month holiday on Man United’s bench, looks a bit happier as the main man and scored the winning penalty against Colombia at the weekend.
But is it too much to ask for a little more than that?
How can a competition containing Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, James Rodriguez and many, many more, be so bereft of entertainment?
Chile should indeed beat Peru – probably on penalties knowing them – to set up a clash with Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and co.
You’d think Brazil would have the weaponry to end Chile’s tedious era of doom and gloom, wouldn’t you?
But even they haven’t set the world alight, only squeezing past ten-man Paraguay in their quarter-finals, you guessed it, on penalties after another 0-0 draw.
The Copa America has become the Stalemate World Cup with Chile the chief fun suckers.
If they do it again on Sunday the competition we might as well all accept it’s a lost cause and cancel it forever.
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