Bolivia will face Argentina, starring Lionel Mess, in the World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday. What makes the match special is that it is played in the administrative capital of Bolivia, La Paz, at an altitude of 3,600 meters.
At high altitudes the air is thinner than at sea level. Bolivian head coach Cesar Farias it is certain that this will benefit the home team and create difficulties for visitors.
– We must avoid the Bolivian complaint that we are small cowards. They can say we’re disgusting, it doesn’t matter. We want to eat their liver at that height, Coach according to ESPN.
Bolivia’s hope for a World Cup spot is based specifically on winning home matches. High airspace is a poison for many opponents.
Opponents have traditionally arrived in the mountains as close to the match as possible. Argentina, on the other hand, traveled to La Paz as early as Sunday and spent two nights high.
According to ESPN, high airspace has the strongest impact 2-3 days after arrival, so the bet may not have been wise. On the other hand, players have been able to practice and get used to different conditions in advance.
Bolivia lost 0-5 to Brazil last Friday. The team is going to put its toughest players on the field just in Argentina.
A total of four matches will be played on Tuesday. High-altitude play is also promised in Ecuador, where the home team will face Uruguay at an altitude of 2,800 meters.
Bolivia – Argentina starts at 11 pm Finnish time.