Gómez and Almirón, old acquaintances of Barros Schelotto, top Paraguay list


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Gómez and Almirón, old acquaintances of Barros Schelotto, top Paraguay list

Defender Gustavo Gómez and midfielder Miguel Almirón head the list of those summoned from abroad presented this Friday by Paraguay’s coach, Argentine Guillermo Barros Schelotto, for the South American Qualifiers of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Both players are old acquaintances of the coach, who directed them at Lanús in Argentina.

Barros Schelotto was appointed coach of the Paraguayan Selection on October 21 to replace his compatriot Eduardo Berizzo.

The new coaching staff will debut at the head of the Paraguayan National Team on November 11 in the match against Chile on the thirteenth date of the World Cup qualifying rounds.

At this time, Albirroja is in eighth position of the South American qualifiers with 12 points, four behind the team that is fifth and is in the play-off zone, Uruguay.

– List of summoned from abroad:

. Goalkeepers: Antony Silva (Puebla, MEX) and Gerardo Ortiz (Once Caldas, COL).

. Defenders: Gustavo Gómez (Palmeiras, BRA), Junior Alonso (Atlético Mineiro, BRA), Fabián Balbuena (Dinamo Moscow, RUS), Omar Alderete (Valencia, ESP), Héctor David Martínez (River Plate, ARG), Juan Escobar (Cruz Azul, MEX), Robert Rojas (River Plate, ARG) and Santiago Arzamendia (Cádiz, ESP).

. Midfielders: Jorge Morel (Lanús, ARG), Andrés Cubas (Nimes, FRA), Richard Sánchez (América, MEX), Matías Villasanti (Gremio, BRA), Matías Rojas (Racing, ARG), Braian Ojeda (Nottingham Forest, ENG), Celso Ortiz (Monterrey, MEX), Braian Samudio (Toluca, MEX), Alejandro Romero Gamarra (Al Taawoun, KSA) and Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United, ENG).

. Forwards: Antonio Sanabria (Torino, ITA), Carlos González (Tigres, MEX) and Luis Amarilla (Liga Deportiva Universitaria, ECU).

The word of the new coach

During a press conference held at the national team’s sports complex in Ypané, on the outskirts of Asunción, the Argentine technical director announced the 23 players chosen from abroad, who will later be joined by those from the local media.

The absences of Gastón Giménez and Hernán Pérez, very considerate by Eduardo Berizzo, in addition to the calls of Celso Ortiz and Matías Rojas are the variants in the first payroll. The DT pondered the conditions of the new calls.

“Matías Rojas is a player that I know well. It seems to me that he is a player with an extraordinary punch and has a personality, “said Barros Schelotto at a press conference.

Then he deepened that the criteria for selecting these and the other players is to try to build a team to win the game against Chile and also against Colombia.

“There are other players who will be there in the future and surely they will be as important as these. These are the ones that we believe from abroad that today they have to be there for what we are going to do in the games with Chile and Colombia”, Barros Schelotto said.

In addition, he spoke about the situation of the brothers Óscar and Ángel Romero, who have been without a club since they left the Argentine San Lorenzo in August.

“I think they are national team players, who today unfortunately do not have a team and are not in their best version. We tried in the week to be able to train them, to add minutes with them, both from human treatment and sports,” he explained.

Likewise, he pointed out that the idea is “to take them to the maximum possibility that they have as footballers” before the next matches, and then decide.

Finally, he did not give any clue of who will be the local players who will complete the roster, but he did reveal that they will be called according to the needs, abilities and time of each one.


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