Paraguay vs Qatar, Sunday’s match for the 1st match day of the Copa América, Group B, at the Maracanã, in Rio de Janeiro.
The Guaranis come from a good display against Guatemala 2-0, but this team has been a disaster lately, and in the last fifteen games, it has only won three times.
This is a national team with a number of players playing in Brazil, and also has had many administrative problems. The team has had four different coaches between the South American qualifying campaign for the World Cup in Russia and now the 2019 Copa América.
These coaches were Francisco Arce, Gustavo Mornigo and Juan Carlos Osorio. Eduardo Berizzo is now the national coach, but has a difficult task at hand while seeking to revive the team.
This is a more difficult task than you might think, since this nation does not have big names on their team, players like Roque Santa Cruz the coach does not have at their disposal.
There are some talented players, such as Miguel Almiron, but the team has retreated in the last decade. Paraguay has not been able to qualify since the 2010 World Cup.
Qatar is a rising team, and will try to show its value in their debut in the prestigious competition, where they will face Paraguay in Rio de Janeiro.
This formation has never managed to compete in a World Cup, the selection of Qatar will compete in this competition without needing to win the qualifiers.
They secured this status by financial power since they will be the organizer of the next World Cup in 2022. The team has made a reasonable number of friendly games, to try and find the best form.
And you can say that Qatar is doing well, having won seven straight games, being interrupted by a 2-0 defeat by Brazil. The men of Felix Sanchez can now be able to win again, since their opponent is in a negative moment.
The national team of Qatar has shown technical evolution and a very consistent tactical pattern. Qatar is a favorite in this game, but I believe that Paraguay will win this game.