Paraguay coach Ramon Diaz has backed his side’s conquerors Argentina to win the 2015 Copa America.
Having drawn 2-2 with Argentina in the group phase, Paraguay had no answers for Gerardo Martino’s men in their semi-final on Tuesday, as Lionel Messi notched three assists and Angel di Maria scored a brace in a 6-1 triumph.
Diaz reckons if Argentina produce a similar display in the final, hosts Chile will “have no chance” in the Copa America decider in Santiago on Saturday.
Paraguay face fellow semi-final losers Peru in the third-place play-off in Concepcion on Friday.
“If Argentina play that way, like they did against us, Chile have no chance,” Diaz said at a media conference on Thursday.
“For the quality of their players, the time they have been working together, I think the result will be very favourable for the Argentine national team.”
He added: “They are the best team in the world. With respect to Chile, Argentina have played better than anyone else in this second phase. We will see what the reality is on Saturday, but this Argentine national team is one of the best sides I have seen in a long time.”
After coming last in South America’s qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, Paraguay installed Diaz as coach and the Argentine has been thrilled with the way his team has improved during the continental championships.
“The objectives for this Copa America were to get the group believing in themselves again, for them to have order and for them to be an organised national team in every sense. So we are very satisfied,” he said.
“To face Argentina, Uruguay and [Jamaica in the group] was always going to be very hard, but we showed we could go out and compete with anyone.”