The debut of Reinaldo Rueda in the Colombian National Team was positive not only because of the great result achieved in Peru, but also because of the performance of some individuals and, above all, because of the calm that the team had, something that you’ll have to repeat if you want to score other much-needed points in the Qualifiers against Argentina.
Lionel Scaloni’s team arrives undefeated (In fact, they haven’t lost since the 2019 Copa América semi-defeat against Brazil) but it is far from having reached a high level and is still in the reconstruction and renovation stage.
With only seven goals in favor in five games, Argentina has had much better level as a visitor than as a local. They won in La Paz and Lima, while they drew at home with Paraguay and Chile and only beat Ecuador by the minimum. It is clear that the Albiceleste is more dangerous with spaces and against an opponent that attacks it.
Colombia has something to hurt Argentines with, who are still far from forming an impregnable team and have shown flaws both in their defensive structure and in gestation and definition.
The wings have always been a problem for Argentina. Although Gonzalo Montiel could return, his lack of activity may be an opportunity for Luis Díaz and his one-on-one skill. On the left of the defense, Nicolás Tagliafico is not in his best moment and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado could take advantage of it. The same Luis Muriel if he leans towards the ends.
In the center of the field, Scaloni bets on players without much brand, like Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul. Earning their backs and taking advantage of their lack of skill to back off can be key. Without a man like James Rodríguez, it will be important what they can do Matheus Uribe there and even Cuadrado if he plays more focused. Another variant to consider is Edwin Cardona, who with long balls could complicate a lot to the rival midfielder duo.
In the passing game, Rueda’s team could also hurt. Yerry Mina is a guarantee and, although Cristian Romero has already demonstrated his category, he would only play his second international match. Dávinson and Uribe can also win from above.
Of course, Colombia will have to take care of Lionel Messi and against that there are no recipes. Just concentration and close the roads as much as possible. He is the main argument of his team and if it is possible to make him receive away from the arc, with a good patrol of Gustavo Cuéllar and perhaps Wilmar Barrios, it will be possible to suffer it less.