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The recent international friendly matches left the Conmebol and Concacaf teams with different scenarios. The balance is more negative than positive
The March FIFA date left South American teams with bad feelings and others with more optimism for the future. In LatinAmerican Post we do a review for each of them, after the completion of the first cycle of friendlies of the year 2019.
The Bolivian team had two defeats in these international friendly matches in the Asian territory. First lost to South Korea 1-0 and then was defeated by Japan with the same score. According to the newspaper Depor, the Bolivian team is far from the expected level to face the Copa América, and the setback against Japan, Cinluco, should have been broader.
The `vinotinto' had a FIFA Date to highlight. Although it is true that the Venezuelan team lost 2-1 to the Catalan national team, it can not be forgotten that they achieved one of the most significant victories in their history, in this case on Argentina and with Lionel Messi 3-1.
Despite this, coach Rafael Dudamel threatened to leave his post for political reasons, something that many believe, will not materialize. According to Antena2, the final decision on the continuity of Dudamel will be in charge of the Venezuelan Football Federation. If this great strategist continues at the head of the selection, a good future is fostered.
It is perhaps the South American team that left behind this FIFA Date even better when its rivals were less complex. The Charrúas won their first match against Uzbekistan 3-0, while the next also won with a full victory, 4-0 over Thailand, enough to consecrate China Cup champions for the second year in a row.
Coach Washington Tabárez praised this as good preparation for the Copa America. "Uruguay has a lot of history in this tournament, we must prepare well," said the coach at a press conference, picked up by Fox Sports.
The 'coffee' selection had a rather irregular FIFA Date. He showed reaction capacity against Japan, winning the match by the minimum 1-0. However, the 2-1 defeat against South Korea showed weak staff in terms of spare parts.
The coach Carlos Queiroz said at a press conference that it is not normal "to make eight changes in the team. It's not easy, but I loved seeing the reaction of the team. " Similarly, admitted that this reaction was given thanks to the entry of James Rodriguez.
The 'Albacete' left several unknowns in their level of play after losing surprisingly against Venezuela 3-1 and winning poorly against Morocco 1-0. Lionel Messi returned to the national team after 8 months, but this served little, as the team led by Lionel Scaloni still can not find a game identity.
According to TyC Sports, the Argentine coach has five wins, two losses, and a single draw since he came to the 'albiceleste,' but this positive balance has not been able to move to the field.
The Chilean team left feelings of concern. According to Tele13, the bulky defeat by 3-1 against Mexico and the tie to a goal against the USA. UU left a balanced balance with Reinaldo Rueda (four draws, four losses, and four wins). However, the selection still does not find the level of the game that led him to win the last two America Cups.
The Aztec team left a good feeling after a long time. Two goals on Chile (3-1) and Paraguay (4-2) changed the face of the Aztecs. According to the newspaper AS, in Mexico, the performance of the new coach, the Argentine Gerardo `Tata' Martino, is exciting. In the same way, there is optimism for the titular players and their substitutes, because there is an excellent internal competition.
The worry landed in the `guaraní' selection for the defeat against Peru (1-0) and the win at the hands of Mexico (4-2). The unprecedented departure of the Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio seems to be more severe than previously thought. "We know that it does not stop being a good technician and leaving you that way complicates you. Another technician comes to capture another idea, we have a Copa America, and there is no time, "said Carlos Gonzales, Paraguayan striker, in statements collected by ESPN.
The Ecuadorian team left a great concern after this FIFA Date: the lack of a goal. Lost 1-0 against USA UU and tied without goals against Honduras. According to Metro Ecuador, Hernán 'Bolillo' Gómez does not have a defined alignment.
Irregular panorama for the selected Inca. While it is true that achieved a victory against Paraguay (1-0), then lost 2-0 against the modest selection of El Salvador. "We are a team that can win with anyone or loses with anyone," said Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca at a press conference held by Infobae.
The five-time world champions are still looking to remember their best times. On this Date, FIFA achieved a draw against the modest Selection of Panama, but then, washed his face with a big 3-1 victory against the Czech Republic. According to the newspaper Marca, there were many criticisms for their tie with the Central Americans, and only the brilliance of Gabriel Jesús managed to wake up from his lethargy to the 'verdeamarela.'
The outlook for the Copa América of most teams is not very favorable. Only Uruguay showed hierarchy in the double date.
LatinAmerican Post | Javier Aldana
Translated from "Selecciones sudamericanas con la cabeza baja tras la pasada fecha FIFA"