Without James Rodríguez and Falcao García in the Colombian National Team, and with Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo for the first time in two years in the Chilean National Team, the two squads will beat this Saturday (11 am, from Colombia, TV de Caracol) in Alicante, Spain, with disparate realities of its figures.
Carlos Queiroz, the Portuguese coach of Colombia, continues to give stitches to win the Copa América next year and a place in the Qatar-2022 World Cup. And he has done it with a sharp needle. The coach did not summon James or Falcao for the four games played by the National Team since their elimination in the quarterfinals of the July Copa America in Brazil, right at the hands of Chile.
The absence of the captains has provoked debates in the press and fans about the space that the two top referents will have in the Portuguese team with a view to the South American qualifier, which starts in March.RELATED
Yesterday he said without mentioning the names of the players: “I am trying to avoid two diseases: the lack of one cannot be the fault of all. The me is not above us. My goal is to form a team that cannot feel the absence of a player. The team has to always get ahead. ”
Earlier, last Tuesday, denying versions of the Spanish press that ensured that he and James agreed on his absence to favor the tuning of the player at Real Madrid, his club, said: “All the decisions I make in my life Coaches are the answer to a very simple question: what is best for the team? Nothing else".
Queiroz will enter in his vertical and fast style that he outlined as a favorite to Colombia in the last Copa América, and under which he has only lost one of ten matches.
Against the Chileans he will have a new opportunity to measure the base he is forming, with David Ospina in the arc, Yerry Mina and Dávinson Sánchez behind, Wilmar Barrios and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado in the middle, and Duván Zapata and Luis Muriel forward.
“In this match there are different objectives and motivations, but facing them is important. Chile always goes out to give it all and we can't be less than that, ”Muriel said.
He added: "The teacher (Queiroz) has been emphasizing the importance of the players that come, he is looking to consolidate a team that gives us guarantees for the next qualifiers."
The steering wheel Jefferson Lerma, of whom it is speculated could be the holder of the midfield today with Juan Guillermo Cuadrado and Wilmar Barrios, gave a clue in the subject in his statements: “Everything is earned with work, every time one goes to the selection is Because things are being done well, I always try to enjoy the opportunity. You have to play in clubs, the one who is not playing does not call him, you have to maintain a level and performance in each game to be called. ”
Barrios, the head of the titular area of Querizo and the Russian Zenith, on the other hand, was direct:
“James is very important for the National Team. If it is not there is a technical decision that we have to leave. Now we think about preparing for Chile. I hope he continues to show his football in Madrid and that he can be with us again. ”
Colombia faces Chile, this Saturday in Alicante and it will be seen if the team feels the absences of its two captains …