The crumbs of consolation usually are not straightforward to seek out for South America on this World Cup nor sooner or later.
Tim Vickery’s Notes from South America: South America’s groups face powerful problem on the street to 2022
A fourth consecutive European win, three of these triumphs rising from all European finals, no South American curiosity past the quarter ultimate. There isn’t a doubt that it is a disappointment.
However, alternatively, eventual 2018 champions France had been made to work for a slender group section win towards Peru, who till comparatively just lately had develop into whipping boys in their very own continent, particularly away from house. Peru carried out with credit score, and gave one other indication of South America’s energy in depth. They deserved higher fortune, changing into certainly one of simply two of the continent’s sides who did not make the group section within the final three tournaments. And with a younger facet, they will hope to be again and higher in 2022.
First, after all, they must qualify. It might not be straightforward. Altitude apart, Bolivia wouldn’t appear to have an awesome deal to contribute to the following qualification marketing campaign. Ecuador had been the early leaders within the race to Russia, solely to fall away alarmingly. They’re at the moment negotiating with Hernan Dario Gomez, the Colombian who took them to their World Cup debut in 2002 (and who was answerable for Panama this time). Venezuela hope to make it to their first ever World Cup, constructing their hopes across the group of gamers who reached the ultimate of final 12 months’s Beneath-20 match. Chile have already started their rebuilding course of, whereas Paraguay have some attention-grabbing attacking midfielders so as to add to their customary resilience.
None of those sides, although, are more likely to be critical challengers to win the World Cup in 2022. 4 nations are entitled to the religion that, with a break or two alongside the best way, they may have sufficient to place in a problem.
One is Colombia, who let themselves down of their defeat to England. Their 2018 tragedy was that the mixed playmaking skills of James Rodriguez and Juan Fernando Quintero had been solely actually obtainable for one recreation – the Three-Zero win over Poland, one of many most interesting shows of the competitors. On the plus facet, they’d appear to have recuperated Quintero after his wilderness years, and he and James may hit a peak collectively in Qatar.
The sort of midfield high quality is important – as a result of one space during which South America has clearly fallen behind one of the best Europeans is the manufacturing of midfielders able to operating the sport from field to field; we will cite Luca Modric, Kevin De Bruyne and even Paul Pogba as examples.
Uruguay look finest geared up to fulfill this problem; Rodrigo Bentacur was not at all times at his finest in Russia, however confirmed flashes of real high quality Lucas Torreira has emerged as an all-pitch downside solver they usually even have Federico Valverde to fit again as soon as he has totally recovered from the damage issues that price him momentum earlier within the 12 months. The strike pairing of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will certainly be previous their finest in 2022, a lot might rely upon the event of Maxi Gomez as a substitute. However when it comes to midfield assets, Uruguay ought to be stronger in Qatar than they had been in Russia.
Brazil should envy Uruguay’s energy on this space. A part of the story of their Russian expertise lies in an in the end unsuccessful try to shoehorn Phillippe Coutinho into working as an all spherical midfielder. Some midfield hopes have dissatisfied on contact with high class European soccer. Maybe the story of Arthur, the Iniesta-lookalike simply signed by Barcelona, can be completely different. If that’s the case, then Brazil develop into candidates to win the second Asian World Cup, simply as they went house from the primary in 2002.
After which there may be Argentina. Possibly their 2022 facet can be constructed across the skills of Giovane Lo Celso, a playmaker in Argentine soccer who with PSG has been studying, and never at all times the simple method, the defensive calls for of the all spherical midfielder’s position. Lo Celso was certainly one of simply Three members of the Argentina squad who noticed no motion in Russia – curious, since he appeared spectacular of their solely heat up pleasant, towards Haiti. Lo Celso may very well be an essential participant in Qatar. However first Argentina must get there. And because it stands, they don’t have any coach and no clear plan. Fifteen of the squad who went to Russia are over 30. An entire rebuilding course of is required, and there’s a dearth of excellent younger gamers in lots of positions. Issues may worsen earlier than they get higher.
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