Chile’s coach, Martín Lasarte, said on Wednesday that Venezuela, the next rival of The Red In the qualifying rounds for a place in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, it is a team that plays well and has long ceased to be the youngest of South America.
“Venezuela is a careful rival. We are far from assuming, my footballers, I, and I think everyone, what was thought 15 years ago, when Venezuela was always the youngest, “said the coach in the preview of Thursday’s game in Santiago against Vinotinto.
“That no longer happens, Venezuela is a team that plays well,” said the Uruguayan coach.
Chile and Venezuela
Chile and Venezuela come to this match very urgent to score to continue having options to be in the World Cup, although emboldened after their last victories on the previous date, against Paraguay (2-0), in the case of La Roja, and Ecuador ( 2-1) in regards to the Vinotinto.
“What we did the other day is to stay alive and to the extent that we can add victories we are going to get closer to where we want,” said Lasarte, who added that if the team does not score points “by three”, it will be useless. .
Regarding the squad that he will put in the fray, he indicated that he would like to touch as little as possible the eleven that played against Paraguay but that before the loss in the center of the field of Charles Aránguiz he will have to make some adjustments.
«When you play a game like this, you try to keep and not play. Maintain that clean and jerk, that order. Unfortunately, circumstances are obligatory, “he said.
Lasarte also had words for one of the sensations of La Roja, the Chilean-English Ben Brereton, on a scoring streak with his team, Blackburn Rovers and author of a goal against Paraguay.
Ben has a particular angel. It is simple, simple, optimistic, always with a fantastic illusion. He has that ease of integrating, “said the coach, who described the Englishman as an” immovable player. “
«I do not want to be held hostage by my words, there are players who if they are in good condition it is very difficult that they will not play. Others will go game by game. Ben can play left, right or center forward. Or with Eduardo Vargas. That makes their inclusion more thoughtful, more possible, in front of other colleagues, “he added.
He also referred to forward Alexis Sánchez, who just returned to the group on this triple date after overcoming an injury and who he said has seen him progress “from less to more.”
«The other day he was very good, he was a factor in goal situations. Honestly, I have seen it very well. We are very happy with this increasing level it is having, “he concluded.
Venezuela is bottom with seven units in 11 games played, nine points from the qualifying positions and eight from the play-off. Chile, antepenultimate, with 10 points.
The match will be played this Thursday at the San Carlos de Apoquindo stadium in Santiago de Chile at 9:00 p.m. local time (00:00 GMT).
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