The Copa América is less than three months away and both Brazil and Argentina have shown they are far from at their best.
Brazil is having trouble defending and transitioning from the back to the attack. The Albiceleste, meanwhile, are struggling with a drop in individual skill on the ball — even with the return of Lionel Messi.
The Copa América starts on June 14 and runs through July 7 in five cities around Brazil.
The Brazilian national team was held to a 1-1 draw by Panamá on Saturday, and then unconvincingly beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in Prague on Tuesday. Both matches were played without Neymar, who has a foot injury.
The pressure is also on Argentina, which hasn't won the continental tournament in 26 years and lost to Chile in the last two finals.
Messi's return to the national team for the first time since the Albiceleste lost to eventual champion France in the last 16 at the World Cup was far from glorious. The Argentines lost to Venezuela 3-1 in Madrid on Friday. They followed that with a late goal in a 1-0 win over Morocco in Tangiers — without Messi on the field.