Paraguay defender Antolin Alcaraz has made it clear the success of the Guaranies is largely down to national team coach Gerardo Martino, and Alcaraz believes that Paraguay can make it to the semi-finals at this summer's World Cup.
"The success of this team is down to the coach. If the squad is united, with a sense of togetherness and characters who complement each other, as well as a friendship that reaches beyond the pitch, then that’s down to him," said Alcaraz on fifa.com.
"He made good decisions by making form the most important factor. He chooses the best players, without hesitating to leave the stars on the bench when they’re not playing so well. He’s also had the intelligence to bring new players into the national team.
"Everyone in the country thinks we’ll get past the Round of 16. Hopes are high because the Paraguayan media sees our group as not very difficult, and we're expected to go through behind Italy.
"There’s a lot of confidence in this squad and I know we will go far. How far, I don’t know, but we have what’s required to reach the semi-finals. I’m absolutely sure of that."
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