SALVADOR, Brazil – Venezuelan national soccer team midfielder Yeferson Soteldo said that Brazil, his squad’s next opponent and the host of the 2019 Copa America, deserves respect on the field and always merits an intelligent game plan that can produce surprises.
“You have to play Brazil with respect and that respect comes with a game plan with which we can surprise them, and try to get a good result,” Soteldo said.
Brazil and Venezuela will clash on Tuesday at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador in a Group A match.
Soteldo, who plays for Brazil’s Santos, said the match should be fun because both teams play high-quality soccer.
“I hope everybody can go to the stadium because I believe that it’s going to be a really beautiful match, to enjoy it,” Soteldo said.
Regarding Brazil, which is the favorite to win the Copa America and has always come away with the title when hosting the regional competition, Soteldo said the Canarinha would be aiming for victory and it was up to Venezuela to try to pull off the upset and perform well in the tournament.
“Brazil and Argentina are the favorites at this Copa, we’re working to have a good showing and, hopefully, provide a surprise,” the 21-year-old Soteldo said.
Soteldo was the last player added to the Venezuelan national soccer team’s roster, replacing the injured Adalberto Peñaranda on June 13.
Soteldo also discussed the hiring of Colombian Francisco Maturana by national team coach Rafael Dudamel as part of his plan to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“Maturana is a coach with much experience, who we all admire, and I’m sure he’s going to teach us a lot of things,” the player said.
Brazil and Venezuela will face off in their Copa America clash on Tuesday at 9:00 pm.
In their respective opening tournament matches, Brazil blew out Bolivia 3-0, while Venezuela played Peru to a 0-0 tie.