The Ecuador’s team achieved the goal of qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Copa América despite not having won any game in the first phase and is preparing for the quarterfinal match against Argentina in search of a big surprise.
Gustavo Alfaro’s team You can draw several conclusions from your first four games and several of them can be learnings facing a great challenge against Lionel Messi’s team.
The first is that concentration will be essential. Perhaps, La Tri could have finished with more points if it weren’t for individual and collective mistakes at key moments. In his most solid match in this regard, he managed to tie Brazil. If you want to reach the semis, you must repeat and even improve that mental toughness. Against Messi there is no doubt.
Alfaro’s style is clear. Always seek to maintain order in defense always. However, due to their own qualities, Ecuadorian players they feel comfortable when they come out to propose. Even with Brazil the team he played better away from his goal and with the ball in his possession. Taking refuge does not seem to be the best alternative, beyond the speed to get out of it.
The sides need continuity. Ángelo Preciado and Pervis Estupiñán started with several problems, but the last two games finished well. Your presence on the bands can make a difference against an opponent with more arguments in the central zone than on the sides.
Moisés Caicedo was injured just as he was recovering his level. Without him, Jhegson Méndez must have more company in the middle, which is the gestation area of Argentina. The Orlando City player was the best in Ecuador in the first phase and showed that he can take over that area, although the team must take better care of him.
Piero Hincapié earned a place. The youth did not need time to adapt to become the undisputed starter behind. Clear output, brand strength and poise. The central Talleres de Córdoba is here to stay.
Gonzalo Plata needs more minutes. Although Alfaro did not use it as much, each time he entered he demonstrated the ability to unbalance by individual talent and in these defining stages his presence can change a game.