Like Colombia, Chile has lowered its level compared to the previous qualifiers and in both cases for similar reasons. The southern team has been affected by not being able to maintain a process with a single DT, the base of the main squad is supported by veterans of a thousand battles, has goal problems and traveled to Colombia with some sensitive casualties.
From Rueda to Lasarte: The Chilean team has had problems in its process in order to qualify for Qatar. He had started a cycle with Reinaldo Rueda in 2018, in 2019 they reached the semifinals of the Copa América, then the pandemic came and in 2021 the departure of the Colombian DT who would return to the Tricolor was announced. Immediately the FFCh appointed Martín Lasarte as the new helmsman of La Roja, but so far his performance in official matches has been very weak, just 8 points out of 27 possible for a percentage of 29.6%.
Little effectiveness to score: Since Martín Lasarte arrived at the technical direction of Chile, the selected team has never managed to score more than one goal in matches. There are nine games between Qualifiers and Copa América, in five he has barely scored one goal at a time and in the remaining four games he left without celebrating in the opposite goal.
Victories are rare: With Lasarte, the Chilean team has barely managed to win one match of the nine that it officially played. It was against Bolivia 1-0 in the Copa América.
And what about away ?: At home for Eliminatory Lasarte has not managed to win and his performance on the outside is not the best either. Since the arrival of the Uruguayan coach, Chile has played at home against Argentina and Ecuador, in both cases the duels ended tied, 1-1 and 0-0 respectively.
Casualties: To face Colombia, Chile suffered the sensitive loss of attacker Eduardo Vargas, added to that of defender Sebastián Vegas, both due to the accumulation of yellow cards. The one that worries the most is that of the forward, who has not scored, but has played six of the games for the Qatar Qualifiers. The illusion of the return to goal occurred in the Copa América where the Atlético Mineiro player scored twice.
A very experienced base: The base of the generation that brought joy to Chileans with Copa América titles still remains. Claudio Bravo is the oldest with 38 years, but there are also more than thirty players such as Luis Jiménez (37), Arturo Vidal (34), Gary Medel (34), Eugenio Mena (33), Mauricio Isla (33) and Charles Aránguiz ( 32).