During the final of the Copa America, Brazil gained the lead with Everton, while Peru provided the equaliser thanks to Paolo Guerrero before Brazil sealed the game with a 3-1 victory. Just three days later, both players were in the quarterfinals for their clubs during the Brazilian Cup.
Once domestic football starts, international competitions quickly get brushed to the side. However, it would be a massive mistake if you do that with Copa America. The tournament this year didn’t represent the end of an era. Instead, it provided the beginning of a new competitive cycle, one that will take teams through to the World Cup in 2022. What that in mind, let’s take a look at the top teams in South America and how their performance will impact qualification for the World Cup in Qatar.
The hosts will never be able to use Copa America as an experiment. They are always expected to perform during this tournament. This was especially true in 2019 as the country was caught between winning every Copa at home and a disappointing record when it comes to sports of late. Dani Alves won’t be around for the next World Cup. However, Everton is a critical component for the team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
Peru managed to find themselves in the final and performed well against the hosts. The team only suffered two defeats against Brazil in the tournament. However, they are still going to struggle to qualify for the World Cup as most believe that the team doesn’t have more to give. Guerrero is the only world-class player on the side, and he can’t play forever. It’s going to be very difficult for the team to replace him, making it a difficult journey to Qatar in three years.
Three victories from six matches have managed to give Lionel Scaloni the permanent position at the head coach for the national team. The team improved immensely during the competition, but it was their disappointing start that can only be blamed on the manager. The head coach needs to locate faster and better defenders if he wants to qualify for the World Cup in 2022. We are also not sure if Lionel Messi would be suspended after his comments surrounding Copa America.
This was undoubtedly the most significant era for the Chilean national side when it comes to the Copa America tournament. The team have managed to age together quite well. However, a considerable rebuild is required if the team wants to make it to the World Cup. Domestic football in the country is not the greatest, but several young and fresh stars can give the country a fantastic football team.
This was the only side that managed to score 10 points in 4 matches, bowing out through penalties without conceding a goal. The manager can build on this existing team to make it into the World Cup.