The mathematical balance of the double date of the tie against Bolivia and Uruguay is meager. Just one point out of six possible is very little to step firmly towards the World Cup in Qatar. But the cold numbers do not explain the adverse circumstances that Vinotinto faced to face these matches, such as the injury pandemic that left the team without six highly valuable troops.
In sports, he added intangible units that do not appear in the classification table, but accumulate in the meticulous work that coach José Peseiro has been doing. His first success is in his ability to choose the players who show the best performance, evaluating the performance of the players in their clubs.
The presence of Joel Graterol in the goal, having a great season at América de Cali, above Wuilker Faríñez, relegating the substitute bench at Lens in France, was a clear message to the squad to point out that no one has a safe place for its glorious past.
Graterol had a somewhat insecure performance against Bolivia in which he came close to facilitating a goal, but gained confidence and strength against Uruguay. He was directly responsible for the tie, when he held out until the end and stopped the bombing of Matías Viñas his face. The Vinotinto goal has two goalkeepers of respect in Faríñez and Graterol, who made merits to repeat in the America's Cup.
Peseiro also discovered a full back full of attributes in Nahuel Ferraresi. His debut against Uruguay was splendid. He dried Luis Suárez and dominated him in a couple of duels, when the scorer fell by his side; he provided clean starts, dared to drive like a midfielder and put in a beautiful pass on Josef Martínez's disallowed goal. To all this, he added a great header that could have given the victory, had it not been for Muslera's response in the goal.
The proposal to play with three centers-backs and two lanes, with Alex González and Roberto Rosales, who are projected to attack and return to set up a line of five, like Argentina in the times of Bilardo, gave more security to Venezuela to cover the spaces and make the covers on the sides; one of the shortcomings of the selection.
Peseiro's proposal has to get more depth in the attack. The average 0.5 goals per game so far in the tie is not enough to fight or for the playoffs. The Copa América should serve as a test bed to add more audacity in the offense in search of goals, without giving away in defense.