The Argentine captain acknowledged that his side ran into difficulty against Bolivia as he urged his team-mates to step up their game in the next matchArgentina avoided a shock defeat in their opening game of the 2011 Copa America when they rallied from behind to hold Bolivia to a 1-1 draw.
Edivaldo Rojas gave the underdogs the lead three minutes into the second half, and the host nation had to rely on a goal from substitute Sergio Aguero to salvage a point. Speaking to Goal.com after the game, captain Javier Mascherano praised the Bolivians for their gameplan which stifled the Argentine attacking machine.
"Obviously you always want to win, but Bolivia made it very difficult. They played a great game.
"Trying to find a positive, there was the team’s reaction, but we know that for the next match we will have to do better."
Meanwhile, defender Gabriel Milito also admitted that the opponents made life difficult for his side.
"It’s normal that the fans will have high expectations of us, and they expect a lot because we are a strong team," he said after the game.
"They expected us to win, and we expected that. But it is just a bad moment, and there are two games to go. We played well, but it wasn’t an easy match."
Argentina's second game is against Colombia on Wednesday, before facing Costa Rica in their final group match.