Paraguay’s coach, Argentine Eduardo Berizzo, announced this Wednesday that his team will pressure Peru’s from the first minute Thursday’s game in Asunción, as a way of seeking victory in his first qualifying match for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The coach expressed in a virtual press conference that Albirroja will start from the beginning “to take control of the ball to be a team that thinks about the front goal with an oiled defensive system.”
And he stressed that the key against the Incas will go through what “we do, to continue with our idea of the game that is already installed in the team.”
Berizzo was supported at the press conference by the central defender and captain of Albirroja, Gustavo Gomez (Palmeiras), who assured that the Guaraní team is mentalized to score both at home and away from home.
“We are with the mentality of going out and looking for results playing here or being abroad, with a lot of desire to leave the three points at home”, Gomez stated.
For his part, Berizzo equated Peru’s game with that of Venezuela, Paraguay’s next rival, on the 13th in Mérida.
“They are two teams that use a similar game system with a 4-3-3 that Péru sometimes modifies with a hook or with two forwards, they bet on control of the ball by association,” he said.
“The important thing is to know their strengths, but also to know their weaknesses,” he said.
Regarding the starting eleven against the Peruvians, Berizzo said that he will opt after the second and the last collective training that he would carry out on Wednesday at the concentration headquarters, in the Ypané sports complex, on the outskirts of Asunción.
However, he advanced some clues by pointing out that goalkeeper Roberto ‘Gatito’ Fernández is fully recovered from a knee injury and the probable presence of Andrés Cubas (Nimes-FRA) or Gastón Giménez (Chicago Fire-USA) or both. in the middle zone.
“They are totally adaptable, they can be 6 and 8, they give us great use of the ball (and) you have to find a fluid game between them,” said Berizzo, who emphasized that in the center of the field he has professional players.
“We have versatile midfielders, who play on the right and left, all are starters in their teams, and the midfield determines how a team plays, we have fit and aggressive to pressure,” he added.
Berizzo regretted the loss at the last minute of lateral Santiago Arzamendia (Cerro Porteño) after testing positive for COVID-19 this Wednesday and joining another infected from the previous week, the midfielder Jorge Morel (Guaraní).
However, the strategist said he has “enough alternatives” to replace the former, a regular starter in his scheme in the 18 months he has been a Guaraní coach.
Likewise, Berizzo affirmed that he is aware of the responsibility and expectation of the fans of a country that missed the World Cup in Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018 after having participated in the other four previous ones.
“It is the greatest challenge that I face as a coach and the importance of returning to a World Cup in the people, in the spirit, in the illusion of an entire country, nothing comparable to what one could do in a club,” he acknowledged.