Saturday, June 10, 2023

US under pressure on World Cup debut: “They have to control their nerves”

Within hours of their debut at the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the uncertainty that surrounds the United States team is as great as the hope that this generation of players wake up and go on to win world championships, according to legendary former defender Marcelo Balboa. Can fight ,

“I am happy that we are going to play the biggest tournament in the world, happy because I think in the next two World Cups this group is going to fight for the title and that is something that we look forward to year after year. are doing. A young team that can represent this country,” Balboa expressed his desire to be contacted by telephone modern.

“There are players who are in the big teams in Europe, hopefully they will fight to reach the quarter-finals, semi-finals, maybe fight to win the World Cup, who knows… you never know what will happen, but now I am very happy looking forward to this World Cup”, he enthused about the future of this generation.

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Following failure in the CONCACAF qualifiers for Russia 2018, the Stars and Stripes set today has a payroll that averages 25 years and two months, the second youngest in the competition that starts this Sunday behind Ghana, 24 years and with seven months.

In fact, the only survivor of the last American appearance in the 2014 Brazil edition is Inter Miami right-back DeAndre Yedlin.

This youthful stupor and understanding of the magnitude of the World Cup may perhaps ease the pressure on the players when they are on the field, although Balboa doesn’t think so given his own experience with the team returning to the tournament. In Italy in 1990 after an absence of 40 years.

“On the contrary, you do more nonsense! It is going to be their first World Cup and there might not be a player with World Cup experience in the first game, which can affect it”, the three-time World Cup player And the current analyst of TUDN Network replied.

Balboa admitted, “At the time, in ’90, we didn’t know what the World Cup was, we saw it on television and no player from the United States had ever played in such a big game.”

“We went on the field thinking it was going to be another game, like in Mexico or Europe, and it was very different because you are finally living your dream and you know everyone is watching the game Because they want to see what Team USA is like,” he said.

“That’s the pressure these guys are going to have, they’re not going to play against CONCACAF teams, but against teams that are going to mark them, that are going to beat them, that are going to fight. So nerves are going to be the most important thing that they have to control”, he stressed.

While several teams had preparatory matches in the past week, a 2–0 defeat against Japan under Greg Berhalter and a goalless draw against Saudi Arabia in late September left a lackluster image that left few questions.

The lack of continuity of some of its players at “top” clubs in Europe is also worrying, such as defender Sergino Deste from AC Milan, and attackers Christian Pulisic and Giovanni Reyna, from Chelsea in England and Borussia Dortmund in Germany, respectively.

Even the recovery of Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner in England, who recovered from a muscle injury, and Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie in Italy is still awaited.

“Some questions arise that no one knows what will happen. The most important thing for me is to know who is going to be the goalkeeper, the other center back who will be with (Walker) Zimmermann and who is going to be the striker,” he said.

Either way, Balboa’s faith is strong and he believes the United States’ performance will be the best among CONCACAF representatives in Qatar.

“The national team has a good chance to go out of the group and I think the United States, because it is a young team, because it is my team, will play the best among all of us,” he predicted.

The US representative is part of Group B of the tournament and will open against Wales on Monday 21 November, then face England on Friday the 25th and conclude the first leg against Iran on Tuesday the 29th.

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