The selector of Paraguay, the Argentine Guillermo Barros Schelotto, expressed his concern this Friday about the situation of the brothers Óscar and Ángel Romero, who have been without a team since they left San Lorenzo in August 2021.
“Their situation is an uncomfortable situation for everyone,” said the technical director during a virtual press conference in which he presented the list of foreign reserves for the duels against Uruguay and Brazil for the South American Qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup .
In accordance with this, he asserted that his coaching staff recognizes the individual level and the talent that both soccer players have; However, he pointed out that this must be accompanied by a situation in which they are playing in order to make a decision.
“It’s a difficult and uncomfortable decision for everyone,” said Barros Schelotto, who has already called them up for the previous games., in which La Albirroja fell at home against Chile and equalized as a visitor against Colombia.
On the other hand, the Argentine referred to the change of stadium that will take place on this occasion, in which the team will leave the historic Defensores del Chaco to play in La Nueva Olla, a measure that was announced on December 21 by the Paraguayan Football Association.
However, the match will be played with 50% of the allowed capacity due to the increase in cases of covid-19 due to the entry of the omicron variant in the region.
“What we have to do is unite the people with the players. We can choose one stadium or another, one city or another, but what we have to do is unite. Wherever they are going to play, the team always has to have the support of the people and the recognition of the players towards the local public”, he affirmed.
Finally, Barros Schelotto pointed out that the only thing that helps his team to reach the World Cup is to win. “We are confident that we can do it,” he said.
This Friday, the coach presented the list of foreign reserves whose main novelty was the presence of Ángel González, a young goalkeeper from Portuguese Porto.
There are also some of the main figures of the team such as defender Gustavo Gómez and midfielder Miguel Almirón, while attacker Alejandro Romero Gamarra will be absent due to an injury that will keep him away from the playing fields for a few months.
In the double qualifying round, Paraguay will host Uruguay on January 27 and then visit Brazil on February 1.
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.