For the table, I didn’t say anything. For real life, she said a lot.
Even though Brazil has spared practically the entire starting team, the defeat to Venezuela at the end of the first phase of the Pre-Olympic has an impact. The previously 100% was unable to impose itself in the slightest and saw the opponent impose itself like never before. It’s worth a lot of warning.
Venezuela 3 x 1 Brazil – Goals – Men’s South American Pre-Olympic 2024
If the victory over Ecuador served to soften the impact of the duo Endrick and John Kennedy, the defeat against Venezuela brought back the dilemma: to what extent does Brazil have a consistent team or is it hostage to its individual talents? The second option seems more palpable after the scarcity of ideas against the Venezuelans.
Ramon Menezes’ reserve team was unable to even scare a Venezuela that entered the field under pressure, but soon felt free to seek a place in the final quadrangular. With Bruno Gomes improvised on the right flank and a poor Riquelme on the left, Brazil’s game became obvious and easy to contain inside.
- Ball possession: 33% x 67%
- Finishings: 11 x 11
- Goal shots: 6 x 3
- Exchanged passes: 253×498
- Faults: 18×13
As if that weren’t enough, the option for just Ronald as midfielder left the defense extremely exposed. There were many times when the defensive line found itself one-on-one and, to make matters worse, it suffered from individual errors. Segovia’s two goals in the first half left the impression that getting to the edge of the Seleção’s area was easy and the marking was almost always lacking.
The guaranteed place in the finals and the 0-2 score at half-time practically determined the result of the match. Worse for Ecuador, which ended up eliminated. But Brazil’s ineffectiveness was evident. There were 90 minutes of very little offensive construction, and the third for Venezuela killed the game ten minutes into the second half with an own goal by Riquelme.
As much as he has interesting technical characteristics, the Cuiabá full-back has become a fearsome player due to his failures against Ecuador and Venezuela, and Ramon evaluates what to do in the role from now on. Without Kaiki Bruno, cut by injury, it is necessary to decide whether to insist on a substitute or improvise someone.
Not even the appearances of Endrick, Marlon Gomes, and other starters in the second half made Brazil take control of the match. Alexsander’s great goal at the end lessened the impact of the score, but not the performance.
Brazil is now competing with Argentina, Paraguay and Venezuela for two places in Paris-2024. Two victories will be enough, but more collective and less dependence on the attacking duo is needed.