(ESP-ENG) Venezuela y el camino del sufrimiento!
Hello friends, good vibes to all.
The most difficult, complicated and demanding qualifying rounds in the world have begun and they are none other than those of Conmebol, that has been known for years and seeing what we saw yesterday confirms it once again. With the beginning of this new journey also begins the "road of suffering" which is none other than the illusions of an entire country deposited in eleven men chasing a ball in order to obtain for the first time a ticket to a World Cup while we cling to that illusion. But now it is different since for 2026 there will not be 32 countries but 48, so there will no longer be 4 direct qualifiers but 6 plus the playoff, so the probabilities, in theory, are higher, but, are there any possibilities?...
Venezuela faced a Colombia that has undergone many changes, it is not that soccer machine coached by Pekerman that was really scary, facing that team was a guarantee to get danced like never before. Nowadays it is not the case, there are few players left from that team, there is a different proposal since the last qualifiers were a disaster for them and we still lost. But why did we lose last night? - There are several things and I assure you that one of them was not because Colombia played a great game, nothing could be further from the truth, it was because the old ghosts that have always haunted our national team were present yesterday, not in the whole game but we could see their faces.
The Vinotinto came out with a 4-3-3 formation. I was surprised to see Luis Mago in the fullback position but I understand that someone really left footed was needed for the position, the thing is that it went badly, he never looked comfortable, he has no overflow, no projection and when it came to marking he was always overpowered either by Cuadrado or by Arias who was the one who made the cross for Borré to score the goal. Mago was a candidate to be substituted for the second half, but he was not and the goal came. Evidently he is not entirely to blame, it was a dressing room goal that conditioned and knocked out our team and that weighs. Continuing in this defensive saga, the other player who was noticed to be very outclassed was Alexander González who did not win a duel with Luis Díaz, the quality of the Liverpool player is immense but the Creole never saw the light and the danger always passed through his boots.
It is a pity that Brujo Martinez had a regular game, he is one of the best in our national team but yesterday I noticed him missing, he was not the engine that he is in Philadelphia Union, the one that scores and hits and gives one or another filtered passes. Yangel was one of the best, he is the closest thing we have to a 10 that generates play and distributes balls, in the first half he did a good job, it was not enough of course but he is one of the most recoverable. The striker, the blessed striker. I ask you, what do you think of Salomón Rondón? - How did you see him? - Personally I saw him slow, extremely slow and heavy, it is true that because of the scheme and the way the game was being played he did not benefit so much since he did not get any balls, but he was a spectrum during the whole game.
Venezuela played a decent first half, they knew how to keep the defensive block compact, the lines were short and this made Colombia unable to generate any danger, they had possession but generated absolutely nothing. Playing like this, they bet on the counter and the first pass, which "worked" because at times they made the Colombians uncomfortable. It is not possible that those who generated more danger were Yangel and Savarino when they decided to go forward, we never saw three or four passes in a row in the opponent's field, there was never that associated play and that way, friends, everything is very complicated, you cannot expect to score goals by throwing long balls or waiting for a free kick or corner kick, I repeat, the Vinotinto attack was null and void.
The total disaster came in the second half, what was seen in the first 45 minutes was lost, if before Venezuela did not have the ball, now even less. El Bocha took off Yangel, a mistake for me, and the three up top to bring on Soteldo, Josef Martinez, Alejandro Marques and towards the end Romulo Otero. With those changes the scheme was a 4-4-2, I honestly thought we would see some danger with those new pieces but no way, the Vinotinto was totally annulled. We need more work, much more work for what is to come, we have to be able to keep an idea of the game for the 90 minutes of the match because otherwise we will not get anywhere.
Am I disappointed? - No. And the answer is no, because despite the defeat I saw that at least there is a game intention, the hand of Bocha is noticeable, the players on the field never lowered their intensity, the coach, when he needed to be offensive, was not afraid to put all the pieces and above all and for me the most important thing, the spirits never dropped. We must always be critical, but the idea is not to speak badly for the sake of speaking. It is not the ideal result, we knew that winning in Colombia was complicated although we already know that they were far from beating us convincingly, now what we have to do is to think about Paraguay on Tuesday. They drew against Peru, so their need to score will be the same as ours.
Venezuela cannot afford to lose points at home if they want to have aspirations, winning against Paraguay is a must if we do not want to repeat the steps of past qualifiers. In the last two qualifiers we have finished last, for Russia and Qatar we have not been able to get out of the basement. Are you confident? - I want to be confident, I think that what we saw in the first half gives us to think that there is a job done and an idea conceived. I hope that Bocha has taken note and will make the necessary changes for Tuesday, not changing the whole eleven but some elements that did not work as expected, at least that's how I perceive it. We have to wait and trust, we have no other choice. Colombia won and that's it, just like that and thanks to a goal from a sporadic play; these guys have to keep that and correct what is needed.
¡Un abrazo a todos, nos leemos en la próxima!
Well my people that's all for today, I hope you liked it.
¡Hugs to all, see you next time!