The ‘Red’ Seeks Redemption in Crucial Match Against Paraguay
In a pivotal clash for top positions in the South American Qualifiers, Chile will host Paraguay in Santiago in a crucial match for both teams aiming to bounce back from recent disappointing results.
Chile’s Determination to Rebound
Chile, under the guidance of Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo, is eager to put behind their bitter 3-0 defeat against Venezuela in their previous match. Despite currently occupying the eighth place in the standings, the Chilean team is determined to enhance their performance and climb up the table.
Paraguay’s Positive Momentum
On the other hand, Paraguay enters the match after securing their first victory in the qualifiers with a 1-0 win over Bolivia. Sitting in the seventh position, the Guarani will strive to maintain their positive momentum and surpass Chile in the standings.
A Clash at the Monumental Stadium
The highly anticipated encounter will take place at the Monumental stadium in Santiago, with Argentine referee Fernando Rapallini officiating the match and the support of VAR provided by his compatriot Silvio Trucco.
Keys to the Confrontation
1. Old Acquaintances
Eduardo Berizzo, the current coach of Chile, previously managed the Paraguayan team. However, Berizzo acknowledges that the players have changed under the leadership of Daniel Garnero, making Paraguay a different team.
2. Performance and Expectations
Berizzo, despite his inconsistent results with the senior team, gained recognition after guiding the under-23 team to the final of the Santiago-2023 Pan American Games. Players like Damián Pizarro, who excelled in that tournament, could prove to be crucial assets for Chile.
3. Scarcity in Paraguayan Offense
Paraguay has struggled in their attacking prowess, lacking effectiveness in front of the opponent’s goal. The inclusion of veteran striker Oscar “Tacuara” Cardozo, aged 40, aims to change this offensive dynamic.
Chile: Brayan Cortés; Matías Catalán, Gary Medel, Paulo Díaz, Gabriel Suazo; Erick Pulgar, Felipe Méndez, Rodrigo Echeverría, Darío Osorio; Alexis Sánchez and Ben Brereton. (Coach: Eduardo Berizzo)