Ezequiel Garay Argentina Copa America 2015
Ezequiel Garay is a doubt for the Copa America 2015 final with a stomach injuryReuters

Two star-studded attacks, one studded with a few more diamonds than the other – Chile vs Argentina promises to be one of those Copa America finals that should stay in the memory for a while.

All attention will be on Argentina and their ridiculous attacking talent, led by that magician who goes by the name of Lionel Messi. If Messi gets into the groove like he did in the semifinal against Paraguay, the majority of the supporters at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago will go home disappointed.

"This generation is desperate to win a title with the national team," Messi said. "As a team, we deserve to win something and it would mean so much after the World Cup where we came so close."

Too much has been written about this Argentina generation, and rightly too as they have a stunning array of talent, with Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria, another couple of ridiculously talented players desperate to make their mark in national team colours.

"Reaching a final is something very important, so we have to rise to the occasion," Marca quoted Di Maria as saying. "We must carry on working hard because it's what's needed to reach our goal.

"Getting to the final is no walk in the park and we have made history in doing so. But now we want to become legends. Hopefully, we can pull it off."

Chile have their own stars in the shape of Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal, and the pressure will be on this golden generation of Chilean footballers as well to create history and lift their first ever Copa America title.

The hosts do not have too many injury worries going into this final, with only Gonzalo Jara ruled out of the match, owing to his two-match suspension for that sooner-you-forget-it-the-better prod on Edinson Cavani in the quarterfinals.

Jose Rojas, who replaced Jara at the back, was given a tough time by Paolo Guerrero in the semifinal against Peru, and with Aguero to deal with through the middle this time, it will not get any easier.

Argentina are still sweating on the fitness of their centre-back Ezequiel Garay, after the defender missed the 6-1 thrashing of Paraguay. Garay is struggling with a stomach problem, and if training on Thursday is anything to go by, it looks like he might just be forced to sit out the final, after undergoing sessions on his own.

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis will stay at the back if Garay cannot make it in time.

Expected lineups: Chile: Claudio Bravo; Isla, Medel, Rojas, Albornos; Vidal, Diaz, Aranguiz; Valdivia, Vargas, Sanchez.

Argentina: Romero; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Otamendi, Rojo; Biglia, Mascherano, Pastore; Messi, Aguero, Di Maria.

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