The Paraguayan soccer team will play a crucial match against Chile for the South American Qualifiers, a match corresponding to date 13 of the 2022 World Cup qualifier in Qatar.
This game will mark the official debut of the Argentine technical director Guillermo Barros Schelotto in the Albirroja: it would be necessary to see if the “old law” is applied in football of the “coach who debuts, wins”.
In fact, if we look at the previous situations of when a strategist makes his debut on the bench of the national team, only a DT celebrated in his “first time”.
Both in its first and second cycle, it managed to debut with victory: on the first occasion, it was 2-0 in a friendly against Panama (Óscar Cardozo and Robin Ramírez). Then came the 2-1 success against Chile (Óscar Romero and Paulo Da Silva).
Gerardo “Tata” Martino debuted on March 25, 2007 with a 2-1 loss to the Mexican national team. Roque Santa Cruz played the lonely both redhead.
Then, five trainers passed and unfortunately none could start on the right foot. Óscar Cardozo, Jonathan Fabbro and Hernán Pérez scored in 3-3 vs. Guatemala that meant the premiere of Gerardo Pelusso.
For his part, Ramón “Pelado” Díaz drew 0-0 against Costa Rica in 2016 while on the Paraguayan bench. Then, it was Víctor Genes who achieved another parity: 3-3 against the powerful Germany (José Ariel Núñez, Wilson Pittoni and Miguel Samudio).
Eduardo “Toto” Berizzo debuted with a defeat against Peru in a friendly game played on March 23, 2019. That was the last debut of a white-haired DT, until now.
The Chilean Soccer Team, which visits Paraguay this Thursday, November 11 for the 13th date of the South American Qualifiers on the way to Qatar 2022, continues to register more “fallen soldiers” for the duel at the Defensores del Chaco.
The right-back of Flamengo, Mauricio Isla, a great figure in the victory of “Roja” by 2-0 against Albirroja in the game of day 5 of this qualifier, is in isolation and will not travel to Asunción with the trans-Andean delegation due to be a “close contact of a positive case of Covid-19”.
“The Medical Corps of the Chilean National Team and Mauricio Isla, communicate that this Tuesday, November 9, they were informed that it is close contact of a positive case of Covid-19, prior to their admission to the concentration of our Selection,” reads a part of the release.
“Finding himself asymptomatic, with his complete vaccination program and negative PCR, according to the country’s sanitary regulations, he proceeded to carry out an isolation period of 7 days from the day of contact, in a different room from our delegation under the adequate medical supervision. It is noted that all the rest of the delegation is PCR negative “, is added below.
Mauricio Isla, 33, played a great game on October 10 of this year, in Santiago, providing a sacred cry and an assist in the victory against Albirroja. Undoubtedly, a very sensitive drop in the “Red”.
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The Chilean team arrives in Paraguay to face Albirroja this Thursday in the Qualifiers. The potential of La Roja will be diminished in a certain sense due to the significant losses it has.
Although he also has some key returns such as Eduardo Vargas in attack, casualties can be decisive because they occur in a key area of the playing field.
These are the two starting midfielders of the Red, Erick Pulgar and Charles Aránguiz. The first will not be against Albirroja for having accumulated yellow cards, while the second was called up but later discharged due to injury.
To this, one of its centrals also headlines that was not even summoned: Paulo Diaz, partner of Robert Rojas and David Martínez in River Plate.
In addition, in the first important training of the entire Chilean squad, Mauricio Isla was not present with the rest of the squad, who has some discomfort and is doubtful for Thursday’s game.
Isla was one of Chile’s key players in the victory against Paraguay at the San Carlos de Apoquindo, which Eduardo Berizzo tried to “block” with Hernán Pérez playing on the left, but it didn’t work.