The Colombian National Team lost 6-1 against Ecuador in Quito and was in crisis after the fourth round of the Qualifiers. James did not live up to the leadership that is expected on the court and coach Carlos Queiroz, filled the team with nerves with his desperate changes. “I am responsible,” said the DT.
The changes of names and of system surrendered before the errors, again multiplied in the beginning of the party. The defense magnetized by the ball, forgot individual brand responsibilities in the central and lateral after the rebounds, which accompanied the announced physical power of Ecuador in the area with their eyes.
Two goals in nine minutes left the team dejected. Without a midfielder like Wilmar Barrios, the axis of the coach’s 4-3-3, the local found the spaces it needed. Jefferson Lerma located in that position by order of DT was spectacular to recover the ball.
Matheus Uribe went from left to right without making a difference. Slow to back up, to squeeze and without offensive contribution, he hurt the team.
The 10 of Colombia was pale. He had Juan Guillermo Cuadrado as a partner in the middle, but the 2-0 took Colombia out of the game. James forgot his responsibility to get the team to react. He tried in the middle but did not have an echo either. He was overcome by the situation and as captain he lacked personality to avoid a win that hurts.
The experience of Jeison Murillo and Dávinson Sánchez never appeared to order the defense. Nor to distribute pride and order with a couple of shouts, characteristics that accompany Selection centers.
THE IMPROVISATION OF QUEIROZ
Against Uruguay he changed at 30 minutes, against Ecuador he did it at 40 and with four goals on board. He started with Jefferson Lerma at center midfielder, Luis Díaz at winger and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado at inside right.
The insecurity of the Selection was charged by the local. Carlos Queiroz recomposed with another improvisation of four changes. He returned Wilmar Barrios to fifth place, placed Cuadrado again as a right back and finished with three area forwards in attack: Luis Muriel, Luis Suárez and Duván Zapata.
“I am responsible”, explained the DT
The confusion ended in a beating. Colombia lost 6-1.