The coach of Paraguay, Eduardo Berizzo, said on Wednesday that his team “is still in the fight” and that he will demonstrate it by trying on Thursday a victory against Venezuela that he considered “necessary”, inasmuch as the Albirroja has not won a home match in these South American Qualifiers to Qatar.
Likewise, Berizzo said that at no time has he considered resigning, in line with the criticism received for the latest results, the draw at home against Colombia (1-1) and the previous defeat against Ecuador (2-0).
“Our way of playing has to be to attack, find the best ways to score, decide the attack plays well, for that we need the ball, make possession and turn with conviction in attack against an opponent who is going to try to make us make mistakes and hurt us on the counter, “said the Argentine at a press conference.
He added that the scheme involves contributing to the attack “with balance knowing that Venezuela is a fast team when it steals the ball and goes against it, and we find the ways to goal with the same conviction that we always do.”
“In international matches there are not many goal situations, they are necessary to win in the match, the other day we had them against Colombia and we need to get them right,” added the coach.
Berizzo shook his head that he had thought of resigning, in the context of the criticism received, also by the sports media, given the low offensive capacity of his team, which has only won one of the eight games played, against Venezuela in the first leg (0-1).
“There is one thing more important than myself, which is for the team to win, for the team to feel confident in what it does and to go out in search of victory, which is necessary, not only for me, but for everyone”, He indicated about that second appointment against Vinotinto, which is in the last place of the classification.
He added that he believes that his work at the head of Albirroja is positive, although he acknowledged that this must be endorsed with victories.
“I think my work is good, yes, and I could use arguments to justify it, I don’t think it is exactly the moment, because the argument or arguments need victories to support themselves (..) It is true, our process lacks a victory and we are going to look for it with Venezuela, “he reflected.
In that sense, Berizzo said that things would have been different if they had beaten Colombia, which drew a penalty in the second half.
“I am here looking for a dream that is to reach a new World Cup, starting from a reality that must also be recognized, our situation has to do with reality, we are in the fight. If we had won on Sunday, incredibly, despite all the critics, if we had scored a goal in the 93rd minute, you would get into direct qualification at the World Cup, the safe playoff “. commented.
At the same conference, defender Fabián Balbuena, from Dinamo Moscow, said that the team trusts Berizzo and his project.
“We must continue to insist, we are very optimistic about the work, the quality of the players and we know that we are on the right track,” said the defender.
“There is potential and hierarchy to make the game to anyone, whether at home or away,” he said, although he noted that the group is aware that “so far it has not been possible to win” at home.