Salomon Rondon admits Venezuela have been sub-standard in a disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign that has earned them two points.
The Vinotinto have drawn two and lost seven of their nine qualifiers for Russia 2018 and sit on the brink of elimination with exactly half of the programme still to go.
Uruguay's 3-0 thrashing of Venezuela last week has left the squad determined to put on a better showing when they play in front of their own fans against Brazil in Merida on Tuesday.
And, according to the West Brom striker, Venezuela can look forward to the clash with the five-time world champions with optimism.
"The qualifiers have been quite sour. We have fallen short and we have not got the grip that characterises our play. It's very complicated," Rondon told Radio Sport 1300.
The Baggies hitman admitted that the Vinotinto collapsed after conceding the first goal in the Montevideo mauling, but he expects them to play better against Brazil.
"This team has much room for improvement," he added. "We have players of a level, so it is worrying for us because we did not expect to be so bad.
"We will go again on Tuesday. I will not explain what is happening. We must work to deserve a result, before we consider how tough our opponents are."