Copa America 2016: No need to make Argentina bigger than they are, says Jurgen Klinsmann

Jun 21, 2016, 08:15 IST | AFP

Houston (US): Jurgen Klinsmann is daring to dream that the United States can pull off mission improbable in the Copa America semi-finals on Wednesday as the hosts face Argentina closing in on a tournament triumph.

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann
USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann

The German World Cup winner cites his team's impressive record in recent friendlies, which has included away wins over Germany and the Netherlands, and their performances in the 2014 World Cup as reasons to believe. "There's no reason at all why we can't win Copa America," Klinsmann said. "We played very difficult friendly games all over Europe and in Mexico and we came away with wins."

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.

No fear for US
"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.

"We surprised a lot of people — no one gave us a chance to get out of the group in Brazil. We left Portugal and Ghana behind. Anything is possible in the knockouts. You're 50-50," he said. "Dream big — why not? This is about two more games."

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