The Paraguayan coach, the Argentinian Guillermo Barros Schelotto, assured this Friday that beating Uruguay is “the objective” that the Albirroja aims to be able to qualify for the Qatar World Cup 2022.
“At this moment we are going to try to put together the best team so that Paraguay wins the first match”, The technical director said during a virtual conference in which he did not want to look beyond the first match that his team will have to face in the next double date of the South American Qualifiers.
According to this, Barros Schelotto said that La Albirroja is in a “difficult” situation and that only a victory can bring her closer to the possibility of “continuing to dream”.
“As long as there are possibilities, we are going to fight them”, asserted the coach, who highlighted that the last game his team played against Colombia filled the squad with confidence.
Regarding the first of his two rivals, the Argentine said that there is no doubt that his new coach, Diego Alonso, will give him his profile, so he will surely have name and tactical changes that they should be attentive to.
“Uruguay has international level players, it is a team that in recent years has always been in the World Cups and always in the first places,” he said.
However, Barros Schelotto warned that Paraguay will come out to win the game and for this he asked on more than one occasion to have the support of the public.
Finally, the coach said that in recent days he has worked with players who play in the local league and that the training carried out focused mainly on the physical part.
In accordance with this, he explained that the change of the calendar in the qualifiers and the double date of January and February will make it more difficult for the footballers who play on the continent since many are just starting their preseason.
In the double qualifying date, Paraguay will host Uruguay on January 27 and then visit Brazil on February 1.
Later, it will be measured with Ecuador in Asunción and with Peru in Lima.
With 14 of the 18 games already played, those led by Barros Schelotto are in ninth position with 13 points, four below Peru, which is currently fifth and is in the play-off zone.
The table is led by Brazil and Argentina, who have already made it to the World Cup in Qatar, followed by Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.