One of the great shortcomings of the Chilean team in the Martín Lasarte era is the lack of goal. Since taking over the technical direction, La Roja has scored five goals and they’ve scored eight, record that worries and that increased in these two games of the South American Qualifiers.
This, because “Machete” could not count on the historical scorer Alexis Sánchez who is in the final part of the recovery from his injury that did not allow him to fully play the Copa América and the promise Ben Brereton, who was not cleared by the Blackburn Rovers to travel for the health measures that were imposed in England to prevent a new wave of pandemic by Covid-19.
Two sensitive casualties that Chile will have in the attack and that against Colombia, will be further diminished this Thursday. This, because the referent of the area that was left to Lasarte, Eduardo Vargas, was suspended to face the coffee growers in Barranquilla.
The national team’s top scorer received yellow card against Ecuador and due to the accumulation of cards, he will miss Thursday’s game, a situation that complicates and has the coach of La Roja worried.
“We will have to evaluate the options we have, surely a young boy will have to command the attack, but the issue of young people goes around, at some point it touches you and you have to be prepared, that is what it is about,” Lasarte said in Press conference.
And if that was not enough, Carlos Palacios and Luis Jiménez, who can be a card on offense, are with physical problems and they wouldn’t make it to Thursday’s game.
With this scenario, “Machete” has Iván Morales, Diego Valencia and Jean Meneses as options to form the offensive against the Colombians, where Chile is forced to add to continue with options to qualify for the Qatar World Cup 2022.