BELO HORIZONTE – Lionel Messi has not been at his best at the Copa America, but Brazil defender Thiago Silva says his side will not take their eyes off the Argentina captain for a minute in their semi-final on Tuesday.
“He is the best player in the world, and he still could spring to life,” Silva told a news conference on Saturday ahead of the first Copa meeting between the sides since the 2007 final, which Brazil won 3-0.
“We will have to be especially focused on him when we have the ball and when we don’t.
“Sometimes he can be at walking pace during a game, but he’s always looking for space to launch a counter-attack.
“It’s a privilege to be able to face him again, and we’ll have to try and put the brakes on him.”