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Costa Rica coach Ricardo La Volpe has controversially criticised the way Argentina play football, labelling them "individuals" who play for themselves.
La Volpe, who is himself from Argentina, was speaking to the press in the wake of the hosts' Copa America opener in which a late volley from Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero rescued a point against Bolivia. Argentina entered the tournament with a wide variety of attacking talent including Aguero, Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Gonzalo Higuain and more, but La Volpe insists they do not function together as a team.
“Argentina are not a team, they are a group of individuals. They must no longer insist on winning with the names on the backs of their shirts, but as a team,” La Volpe said of his compatriots.
Meanwhile, La Volpe's Costa Rica side fell to a 1-0 loss against Colombia in their tournament opener, a match in which they were reduced to 10 men.
“CostaRica played a good game, but the expulsion of Randall Brenes complicated things. We held out very well, but it was too much for us to achieve a draw,” claimed La Volpe. “The next game [against Bolivia] is going to show us where we stand. We have to face a great responsibility and seek results. We must pay special attention to their number nine [Marcelo Moreno],” he concluded. Colombia lead group A after the victory against La Volpe’s side, but next they face an Argentina outfit who will be looking to appease the home support after their disappointing opener.