Brazil played its worst game in the Pre-Olympic Tournament and lost to Venezuela 3-1 this Thursday. In striker Endrick’s opinion, part of the press previously dismissed the home team’s chances in this match — the victory guaranteed the Venezuelans in the final quadrangular.
Venezuela 3 x 1 Brazil – Highlights – Men’s South American Pre-Olympic 2024
— You said that Brazil was the favorite. Venezuela scored 3-1 against us. All teams are equal, they all have the same ability to qualify and be champions. This was a lesson for us and for you too, to never take a team for granted — commented Endrick.
In coach Ramon Menezes’ view, there was inattention and a lack of concentration from the Brazilian team at the beginning of the game. On the other hand, the coach said that the objective of saving players in the Pre-Olympic was achieved, and said that he tried to give confidence to the players while still in the locker room, right after the match.
— Losing is not good. Everyone is very upset about the defeat. Venezuela managed to score two goals very early, making our actions very difficult. This game was part of our planning, to give all athletes an opportunity. Also important for our analysis. You can be sure that we will go into the final quadrangular with great strength. I trust this group a lot — said Ramon.
Despite the defeat, the Brazilian team finished the first phase at the top of Group A, with nine points in four games. In the next phase, only two of the four teams guarantee a place in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
— We never go in to lose, we are the Brazilian team, we want to win every game. Unfortunately we were defeated. We lost at the right time. Now it’s time to turn the key, it’s the final quadrangular, that’s where a place in the Olympics counts — said striker Gabriel Pec.
Brazil is still awaiting the definition of the Group B classification. Argentina and Paraguay are already guaranteed in the final quadrangular, but it is still not certain who will be placed first or second in the group. Paraguay faces Chile this Friday, and Argentina faces Uruguay, both games at 8pm. The next phase begins on Monday.