Lionel Messi has been below his best at the Copa America, but Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni backed the star.
Argentina are into the Copa America semi-finals, but Lionel Messi admits he is yet to hit top form.
Argentina beat Venezuela 2-0 to set up a mouthwatering Copa America semi-final against their bitter rivals and tournament hosts Brazil.
Argentina kept Lionel Messi's dreams of Copa America glory on track as goals from Lautaro Martinez and Giovani Lo Celso saw off Venezuela.
Ahead of a Copa America quarter-final against Venezuela, Lionel Scaloni said Argentina were confident.
Argentina must be wary ahead of a Copa America quarter-final date with Venezuela, the team they beat at this stage three years ago.
Japan are one of two Asian sides taking part in the Copa America but their involvement has been questioned by Venezuela boss Rafael Dudamel.
A win over Bolivia would likely be enough to see Venezuela progress from Group A into the quarter-finals of the Copa America.
Brazil drew a frustrating blank against Venezuela but head coach Tite would not cite Neymar's Copa America injury KO as a factor.
Brazil head coach Tite backed the VAR and said he understood why the Salvador crowd booed on Tuesday.