"We've come here to be the protagonists of the Cup", said Dudamel

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The Venezuelan national team came to Brazil to be the “protagonist” of the Copa América and reach the final, coach Rafael Dudamel said Friday, one day before facing Peru in their debut in the tournament.

Venezuela and Peru will meet this Saturday in Porto Alegre (south) in a Group A match, which entered into action this Friday with the opening match of the Cup between host and favorite Brazil and the humble Bolivia.

“We’ve come here to be the protagonists of the Cup and say goodbye on July 7, we know the responsibilities that this entails and we’re willing to assume them,” said the TD of La Vinotinto at a press conference.

Dudamel said he has “the commitment of the players” to dare to say they are ready to win.

Without neglecting the great respect they have for their rivals, the ‘chamos’ are not going to keep anything in search of their objective which is success on July 7, the day of the final Cup, which will be played in the Maracaná.

Looking ahead to the match against Peru, the coach stressed that the matches between the two “are always very similar. A common style of play between the two teams produces matches in which “we never get so much difference”, said the coach.

For the coach who placed Venezuela in the U-20 and U-17 World Cups, his team’s key points “are 23 champions who are happy in the national team.

Venezuela arrives in the Cup with reasons to smile, in their last preparation match they beat the United States 3-0 with two goals from their attacking star, Salomón Rondón.

*AFP

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