Chile, with the possible return of Alexis Sanchez to the ownership and safe presence of the ‘King’ Arturo vidal, visit this Tuesday to a Venezuela forced to react in the South American qualifiers towards the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Evolving positively from muscular discomfort that last Friday relegated him to the bench in the 2-0 victory of the Chilean team against Peru, in the ‘Clásico del Pacífico’, Sánchez would be the only novelty in the starting eleven of the Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda for the commitment in the Olympic Stadium of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), in Caracas, from the 18:00 hours.
“Alexis has been responding well (…). The minutes he was in the previous game felt very good, “said Rueda this Monday at a press conference when asked about the Inter Milan striker.
La Roja comes to the match with four points, in sixth place in the table led by Brazil with a perfect score of nine points.
For its part, without points or goals, Venezuela urgently needs to add at home. He recovers a key man after suspension due to accumulation of yellow cards, Yangel Herrera, but loses captain Tomás Rincón for the same reason, while the injuries of full-backs Roberto Rosales and Rolf Feltscher, both under observation, will force him to reorganize his defense .
“We have the responsibility to reverse the situation,” said Vinotinto attacker Salomón Rondón on Monday.
“The last dance”
Despite the renewal process that Rueda undertakes after Chile was left out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, footballers such as Sánchez, Vidal or Claudio Bravo are still important.
“The last dance” (the last dance), wrote on Instagram Sánchez, 31, to accompany a photo of him in training with a view to the clash with Venezuela; a reference to the famous documentary by Michael Jordan’s final season with the Bulls Chicago in NBA basketball.
The current World Cup tie could be the last of the ‘Golden Generation’ that gave Chile two Copa América trophies in 2015 and 2016. With a double on Friday, ‘El Rey’ Vidal showed that he is still capable of making his crown shine and now Sánchez, historic Red striker with 45 goals, wants to be noticed.
Jean Meneses is emerging as the sacrificed piece to make room for him in the lineup.
“The role of the historical players is decisive (…). The professionalism of these men is vital to infect the youngest ”, commented Rueda after the first Chilean victory on the way to Qatar 2022.
With an ultra-defensive approach, Venezuela comes from getting Brazil in trouble in Sao Paulo, in an encounter resolved with a solitary score by Roberto Firmino.
Now, as the host, the ‘Vinotinto’ will need to ratify that solidity in the rear, but at the same time show that it can do damage when it goes to attack.
“We must be more offensive and more aggressive to try to score and win, “said his coach, the Portuguese, at a press conference on Monday José Peseiro, although he insisted on the need to maintain “balance” and not neglect the defensive facet.
Peseiro shuffles changes. Alexander González and Luis Mago are options as full-backs against the injuries of Rosales and Feltscher, while the return of Herrera, in a great moment with Spanish Granada, helps mitigate the impact of Rincón’s absence.
The match starts at 6:00 p.m. and will be arbitrated by Argentine Patricio Loustau.
Venezuela: Wuilker Faríñez – Alexander González, Yordan Osorio, Wilker Ángel, Luis Mago – Yangel Herrera, Junior Moreno, Cristian Cásseres Jr – Yeferson Soteldo, Salomón Rondón, Darwin Machís. DT: José Peseiro.
Chile: Claudio Bravo – Mauricio Isla, Paulo Díaz, Guillermo Maripan, Jean Beausejour – Arturo Vidal, Erick Pulgar, César Pinares – Fabián Orellana, Alexis Sánchez – Felipe Mora. DT: Reinaldo Rueda.