The Colombia selection will play before Peru Y Argentina without James Rodríguez and Falcao García, symbols and team captains. The face of the establishment is low by what happened in November. Reinaldo Rueda will have to find new voices to lift it up.
On the court, the coach has alternatives to compensate for the absence of the two historical absentees to face the Peruvians and the Argentines in the 2022 World Cup qualifying round. Doors inside the dressing room …
James and Falcao’s ancestry on the roster is huge. They earned that place to encourage, speak out and mark the way for the youngest for their career, commitment to the jersey and World Cup experience.
In difficult moments of José Pékerman’s previous cycle, Falcao’s voice fueled crisis and lifted moods. His credibility with footballers served to reinvigorate hopes after painful defeats.
There were already hints of noise in the dressing room after the November thrashes against Uruguay and Ecuador. That leadership with which it infects and mobilizes the inner fire of this generation of Colombia was missed. A captain without a ribbon that inspires.
James does. His influence is more measured on the court by his contribution with the ball. However, it is listened to in that intimacy that belongs to the players. It convinces by its sense of belonging. The physical discomfort that plagued him at Everton until the end of the Premier League, took him out of the squad at the last minute.
The Colombian National Team has low spirits due to the defeats in Barranquilla and Quito that cut Carlos Queiroz’s cycle. The absence of these two referents assigns a new responsibility to Reinaldo Rueda: to choose the captain who will take the team out of the seventh position of the table against Peru and Argentina.