Colombia has already passed the first test, overcame the pressure of the premiere in the World Cup qualifier in Qatar. And he did it clearly, with a 3-0 against Venezuela, a rival who demanded little. Now comes a second challenge that will surely be more complex, more careful, more demanding. It is about visiting Reinaldo Rueda’s Chile, Chile hurt because they took a penalty in Uruguay, where they lost 2-1; to the Chile that is renewed, but maintains several symbols.
The realities are different in sports due to the situation of both teams, a Colombia that won, thrashed and did not lose its hair, and a Chile that fought with courage and lost in Montevideo, where it left with bitterness and the idea of that should have achieved a positive result.
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Chile has seven absences due to injury or covid-19 and an eleven that could hardly be polished, while the Colombians have revalidated their effectiveness with a team full of figures such as James, Square, Neighborhoods and the stellar couple of the Atalanta of Muriel and Zapata, which is scary and is viewed with caution by the southern rival.
Colombia has heavy equipment to intimidate, to think about winning as a visitor, as is the idea of Carlos Queiroz, that of going out to look for points everywhere, even if the game is in Santiago, at the National Stadium, which is always a square adverse even though it is now empty. In the 3-0 victory against Venezuela in Barranquilla, Colombia showed all its forcefulness in the first half, with its inspired gunners, but they did not push themselves to the maximum in the second half, it was not necessary. That is why today a true Colombia will be seen.
James sharpens his aim in Santiago de Chile.
“We want a winning mentality and a team that knows what it has to do, a team with commitment,” Queiroz said yesterday.
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The National Team comes to this second game with a consolidated bloc, but which, like the other teams, has felt the rigor of health measures due to the coronavirus pandemic and injuries. Does not have a David ospina, but Camilo Vargas responded well in the first game. He lost Santiago Arias through injury, but he is confident in the performance of Stefan Medina, especially in his defensive order. Mateus Uribe is not there, but Jefferson Lerma is there, who had a great performance in Barranquilla. So the team is solid for this second battle, in Santiago.
Chile has casualties in its defense, in the area where Colombia moves best: this time Claudio Bravo, Gary Medel and Guillermo Maripán are not there. The good news for Reinaldo Rueda is that he recovered Mauritius Island, largely absent in the 2-1 defeat against Uruguay, in Montevideo, for not having a negative PCR test. And with Isla you have to be careful, because it is the voice of experience and of a vertigo exit on the right wing, that is, the left of Colombia, where they wait Mojica, Lerma, Muriel, in case of no news, as is assumed for this match.
“We were able to see Colombia in a match that they resolved very early. They are very good players and come with a lot of work on their teams, ”said central defender Francisco Sierralta (Watford / England), one of the leading men behind the Rueda team.
The Chileans faced Uruguay last Thursday with the veterans Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sánchez, Charles Aránguiz and Eduardo Vargas, bastions of the golden generation that won two consecutive America Cups and that will once again be the backbone against Colombia.
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The Chilean place has historically been difficult for the Colombian National Team, although it won 3-1 in 2012 and drew 1-1 in 2015, so the trend is presumed favorable for the Tricolor. The need to score points from La Roja will be key in the game, that pressure that Rueda’s have, something that Colombia can take advantage of.
The game will be at 7:30 pm (Colombian time), time for James and his court to take to the field to seek another victory on the road to Qatar.
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