Argentina boss Mario Ledesma says Ireland have "hugely improved" since their last meeting.

The Pumas, who played the last 20 minutes with 14 men after Tomas Lavanini's red card, were last in town three years ago when Ireland ran out 28-17 winners.

This time, however, the visitors signed off on a difficult period on the road and in a Covid-19 bubble, going down to a record 53-7 defeat.

Andy Farrell’s side, meanwhile, showed no hangover from last weekend’s superb victory over New Zealand, who lost to France in Paris on Saturday night.

Reflecting on Ireland’s success, Ledesma said France and Ireland were the best teams of the international window.

"Obviously the level they showed against the All Blacks and how they dominated them throughout the 80 minutes was quite impressive so, yes, I would say they are a hugely improved team from a couple of years back.

"The last 20 minutes is difficult to analyse when you come from a yellow card and a red card.

"I thought there was a big moment in the first-half where we missed six points and then obviously that big opportunity when we could have scored and we could have come back to 17-14 or 17-17.

"A minute later they scored and it was 24-7 and then we saw in the second-half we had two good lineouts positions which we missed and then they scored again and the difference was pretty big at that point."

The South Americans have had to deal with a tough schedule over the last two years, losing their Jaguares franchise and being forced to play all their games away from home.

"Obviously the context that Argentina rugby has been in since last year when we lost our professional team and players started moving to Europe," he said.

"And obviously not playing at home for two years has been tough because we have been in a bubble everywhere we have gone.

"Sometimes we have a day off where we can go sightseeing but just for a picture and then we go back.

"It’s been really hard on the players and we don’t have the budget to bring the families like some other teams do so it has been tough and they have been grinding the whole year. It is a big ask for players.

"We are always talking about player welfare and mental health and then you go two years without playing at home and being in a bubble, I challenge any team to do that, it would be a struggle.

"At the same time, it is not an excuse.

"These are the conditions we are playing in and we have not been getting the results.

"We expected a different result today and thought that up until yesterday we had a pretty good tour, a very good game against France, winning convincingly against Italy and then coming into this game with three weeks of work, obviously we expected differently."