Venezuela will hold nothing back when it faces Argentina in the round of 16 of the U17 World Cup in Indonesia.
The men are welcomed back by Bandung, a city where they played two of the three group stage matches. The start whistle is at 8:00 am.
Ricardo Valiño’s men already know their opponent, they faced him on a couple of occasions at the beginning of the year in the South American U17, although the results were not the best. Both lost, 4-2 in the group stage and 2-1 in the final hexagonal.
Now they will take revenge and stay in the competitive race. It was not easy, the gauchos passed as the leader of the group, while Venezuela was third in their group.
The main doubt is the presence of midfielder David Martínez, Valiño said he felt pain in the abductor area when he kicked the ball. However, in recent days the young man posted photos on his social networks where he saw himself training.
When Martínez is there, he is a plus for the team, because he is its leader and captain. Also one of the best on the court. The strategist said “it has improved a lot.”
Not there is Giovanny Sequera, who will serve his second game of suspension, after being sent off with a straight red against Mexico.
In statements to Fernando Petrocelli, Valiño stated that they discussed the mistakes they made against Germany, when they lost 3-0 and made “harsh self-criticism.”
As for the opponent, he considered that they did not change their game model by coach Diego Placente. In addition, they know each other because they are a group that has been together for three years.
But they have taken “precautions” to play a good game. He clarified that “mistakes cannot be made” because they are in a stage where there is no tomorrow.
Regarding the marking of Marco Echeverri, the great figure of Argentina, he said that it should be through the zone and not man-to-man.