Uruguay has three points in the South American Qualifiers
The return of the South American Qualifiers is just around the corner with what will be the third and fourth day of the road to qualification for the 2026 World Cup organized by the United States, Mexico and Canada. And one of the great games that the FIFA date will have will be the one starring Marcelo Bielsa’s Uruguay against Brazil, which this Saturday confirmed its 23 squad to face the matches against Venezuela and the Loco team.
Neymar’s presence stands out in the list made by interim Fernando Diniz. The Fluminense coach will also count on the forward again after his two goals in the 5-1 win against Bolivia at home (he surpassed Pelé as the Canarinha’s all-time top scorer) and the assist he provided to Marquinhos to beat Peru in Lima . The Al-Hilal footballer will arrive with filming after having played his first duels in the Saudi Arabia team.
Another of the notable surnames involves the return of Vinicius Júnior. The 23-year-old attacker had been initially called up for last September’s matches, but was sidelined due to a muscle injury in his right thigh. These discomforts forced him to be absent from the last games at Real Madrid and he already seems recovered after a brief break.
This was stated by his driver, Carlo Ancelotti, in the press conference prior to this Sunday’s derby against Atlético de Madrid: “Vinicius trained with the team yesterday. He shows good condition. Today he has trained very well and will be in the squad. Tomorrow we will decide what role he can play.”
His possible confirmations in the starting eleven will be a detail to take into account for the Argentine coach who commands Uruguay, which has just beaten Chile 3-1 at the Centenario Stadium and lost 1-2 with controversy against Ecuador after the The referee and the VAR will not charge an obvious penalty for the Charrúas. Unlike Brazil, the leader with an ideal score along with Argentina, Uruguay is in fourth place with three points and would be in the direct qualification zone for the World Cup. It should be remembered that the top six in the table advance directly, while the seventh will play the Repechage.
Looking ahead to the upcoming matches, Diniz analyzed what lies ahead: “I have no expectations about the opponent or how the match will be. I hope that we manage to reproduce our idea of the game, that we become more and more protagonists. We analyzed a lot what Brazil did not produce. Against Peru we couldn’t produce as much, but defensively we didn’t suffer almost anything. With fewer changes of players, there are possibilities to understand things more quickly.”
“I don’t make differences between rivals, we always have to do our best. It is always very difficult and we will respect everyone in the same way. We will try to do the best possible and we will study both to choose the best strategy,” she deepened.
Furthermore, he left aside the generational issue regarding the citation of different references such as Alisson, Ederson, Casemiro or Neymar himself: “I have no prejudices regarding age, just look at Fluminense and everyone runs. For me, the limiting factor is not age, I will always look at the technical quality and performance of the players at the club and when they are called up for the national team.”
La Verdeamarela will face Uruguay on Tuesday, October 17 from 9 p.m. (Argentine time). Before, Brazil will face Venezuela coached by Argentine Fernando Batista and Marcelo Bielsa’s men will have a brave stop against Colombia in Barranquilla.
Vinicius Junior will return to the national team after being absent from the first double day of the Qualifiers due to injury (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
All those called up for the Brazil national team
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City) and Lucas Perri (Botafogo).
Defenders: Bremer (Juventus), Gabriel Magalhães (Arsenal), Marquinhos (PSG), Nino (Fluminense), Danilo (Juventus), Vanderson (Monaco), Caio Henrique (Monaco) and Renan Lodi (Olympique de Marsella).
Midfielders: André (Fluminense), Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle), Casemiro (Manchester United), Gerson (Flamengo) and Raphael Veiga (Palmeiras).
Strikers: Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Matheus Cunha (Wolverhampton), Neymar Jr. (Al-Hilal), Raphinha (Barcelona), Richarlison (Tottenham), Rodrygo (Real Madrid) and Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid).
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