(EFE) – The Bolivian National Team will play more than three points in this Thursday’s duel against Venezuela in La Paz, for the Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, as well as the continuity of its coach, the Venezuelan César Farías, and the spirit that a victory would bring in the midst of its institutional crisis.
The preparation of the Green, since last May 25, took place at the Always Ready performance center on the shores of Lake Titicaca -at 3,800 meters of altitude- with an emphasis on tactical aspects to achieve their first home victory against the Red wine.
Everything indicates that the base of the team will be in footballers of teams that played the Copa Libertadores and South America such as goalkeeper Carlos Lampe of Always Ready, midfielders Erwin Saavedra of Bolívar, Ramiro Vaca of The Strongest or attacking midfielder Juan Carlos Arce of the champion Bolivian.
Among the alternatives are “foreign” reinforcements such as the emblematic striker and historical scorer of Bolivia Marcelo Martins Moreno or the defenders Adrián Jusino of AE Larissas of Greece and Luis Haquín of Chilean Deportes Melipilla.
Bolivia and Venezuela have played nine World Cup qualifying matches in La Paz, of which La Verde has won seven, tied and lost one.
The only Venezuelan hit was the 0-1 hit in June 2009 for the 2010 World Cup tie in South Africa.
The duel against the national team of his native country will be decisive for Farías, who had already admitted that he was “on the razor’s edge” when his team was preparing to face Peru and Uruguay for the fifth and sixth matches that were suspended in March.
The Venezuelan’s numbers in front of the Green are not good, since he has lost in his debut against Brazil, he also lost both home games against Argentina and Ecuador, and only started a draw during his visit to Paraguay.
Bolivia is bottom of the table, along with Peru, with 1 point after four games.
Meanwhile, the situation of the Venezuelan team, which arrived the day before in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz, is not so different since it is third to last with 3 points.
For this reason, the Vinotinto coach, Portuguese José Peseiro, has considered that his players will play “to the death” the duel against the Bolivian squad against which he showed respect and described as “competitive”.
Venezuela has scheduled training on Wednesday morning in Santa Cruz and in the afternoon moving to the 3,640 meters of altitude of La Paz where it will wait for Thursday’s game.
The injured players Salomón Rondón, Yangel Herrera, Yordan Osorio and Yeferson Soteldo are casualties in the group led by Peseiro.
BOLIVIA: Carlos Lampe; Diego Bejarano, Adrián Jusino, Luis Haquín, Enrique Flores; Rodrigo Ramallo, Leonel Justiniano, Erwin Saavedra, Ramiro Vaca; Juan Carlos Arce, Marcelo Martins Moreno. Coach: César Farías.
VENEZUELA: Wilker Faríñez; Alexander González, Rolf Feltscher, Roberto Rosales, Luis Mago; Junior Moreno, Cristian Cásseres, Rómulo Otero, Jefferson Savarino; Fernando Aristiguieta and Josef Martínez. Coach: José Peseiro.
REFEREE: the Colombian Jhon Ospina.
STADIUM: Hernando Siles from the Bolivian city of La Paz at 3,640 meters of altitude.
HOUR: 16:00 local time (20:00 GMT).