PIZZI: CHILE CANT BE OVERCONFIDENT IN QUALIFIERS

After successive victory in Copa America finals, there could be complacency so Chile coach issued a clear warning to his team that they could not afford to be overconfident as they continue with the World Cup qualifiers next week.

Superstar Alexis Sanchez who plays for Arsenal in the English Premier League, Arturo Vidal with German champions Bayern Munich and Claudio Bravo in a purported move to Manchester City from Barcelona are set to feature when Chile play their qualifiers on September 1 and 6.

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Paraguay has major rebuilding to do after Copa America exit

Paraguay will have to rebuild their team if they want to qualify for the next World Cup after their Copa America exit.

Indeed, Paraguay has been eliminated from the Copa America Centenario following the defeat against the United States. For many pundits, this has been a big disappointment for a team that has reached the semifinals in the last two tournaments.

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Ramon Diaz recently handed over his resignation

Paraguay manager Ramon Diaz recently handed over his resignation after his team were eliminated from the Copa America much earlier than expected.

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Ramon Diaz removed from Final Squad

Paraguay have omitted experienced forward Lucas Barrios in the final squad for the Copa America.

Manager Ramon Diaz has taken this decision despite seeing the forward come up with two goals in the previous edition of the tournament in Chile. The upcoming Copa America is held to celebrate the centenary year. Hence, it comes much earlier than its usual schedule. It gives Paraguay a great opportunity to overcome the disappointment of the previous edition.

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Paraguay earns a well-deserved draw against Brazil

Paraguay would be disappointed that they could not beat Brazil side after having lead 2-0 in the game.

Indeed, a late Dani Alves goal denied them a famous victory over their rival.

The match started well for Paraguay, and they took the lead in the 39th minute when Dario Lezcano connected with an Edgar Benitez cross. His shot rebounded off the ground above all the defenders and deceived the goalkeeper. This allowed Paraguay to lead Brazil at half-time.

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Paraguay earns a well-deserved draw against Ecuador

Paraguay has earned a deserved draw against Ecuador in Quito on Friday in their World Cup qualifying game.

Ecuador, who is unbeaten on home soil for 18 matches in World Cup qualifiers, earned a point late in the game thanks to a goal from Angel Mena.

Ecuador did start the game brilliantly and had multiple opportunities to open the scoring. Christian Noboa had the first opportunity to open the scoring for Ecuador only to find himself denied by the Paraguay’s keeper, Justo Villar.

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Roque Santa Cruz needs and wants more playing time with Malaga

When Paraguay’s Roque Santa Cruz made a return to his former club Malaga, he was a fairly consistent player as he was getting time in the pitch in just about every single game of the Spanish club but things have taken a turn for the worst as the Paraguayan attacker has been dropped to the sidelines and he time in the pitch is starting to be limited.

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Hernan Perez claimed that Espanyol need to be more consistent

Paraguayan striker Hernan Perez claimed that Espanyol need to be more consistent with their performances if they are to rise up the table.

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Laurent Blanc feels that there is no reason why striker Edinson Cavani cannot coexist

Paris St Germain manager Laurent Blanc feels that there is no reason why striker Edinson Cavani cannot coexist with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Both these players have huge egos but it is the former who has lost out a place as the striker.

Ramon Diaz claims that he will not be talking with his opposition manager Dunga

Paraguay manager Ramon Diaz claims that he will not be talking with his opposition manager Dunga even though he has a great friendship with the Brazil national team coach.

The duo played together during their time in Italian football. Hence, this friendship goes back several years, but it will be put aside when Paraguay and Brazil come against each other in the Copa America quarter-finals. Paraguay are surprise entrants at this stage of the competition, but they are not expected to last much longer. Brazil are overwhelming favourites to win their first Copa America since 2007.

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