The Colombian National Team will face Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the semifinals of the Copa América after leaving the Uruguayan team on the road, in a quarter-final that had to be defined from the white spot of the penalty.
Reinaldo Rueda’s team will compete for the ticket to the final against the Albiceleste squad that has just eliminated Ecuador with a brilliant performance by its great star. The Barcelona player was the figure of the game by scoring a goal and making two assists.
In this way, the Tricolor team will have a very difficult task in the semifinals against one of the best footballers in the world, who arrives motivated after his last performance in the contest. Colombia should do everything possible to contain the offensive game of Rosario and prevent it from becoming the common thread of the midfield.
The coffee team could try to stop the Argentine populating the middle of the court with two players who were key in the classification against Uruguay and with another defensive midfielder who would be on the substitute bench.
Wilmar Barrios and Gustavo Cuéllar had a great performance against the Charruas cutting the game, recovering balls and rejecting them if necessary, and they would be the starters against Argentina. The two midfielders were Baldomero Perlaza could accompany, a physically well-endowed player who could make a line of three clearly marked.
Similarly, among the candidates Matheus Uribe also appears, who has already met the sanction date for accumulating yellow cards, and would be willing to accompany them in defensive tasks. The Antioqueño knows the position because in Porto de Portugal he has had to play several games as a midfielder 5.
Sebastián Pérez would be the last optionIt also has among its characteristics the ability to score, but after his performance against Peru it is very difficult for coach Reinaldo Rueda to have him as a candidate for the match against the Argentine national team.
Another formula that Colombia could use to stop Messi is that of play with a single striker and place two wingers in the middle of the court, to play this way with 5 men. In this case, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado and Luis Díaz would play as lanes with defensive and offensive tasks.
In any case, the coach of the national team you will have to move your chips very well to counteract the power of the Argentine player and ensure that Colombia does not suffer too much and can qualify for the final of the Copa América.
Remember that Even for the best defenders in the world it is very difficult to contain Leonel Messi, because its characteristics make it unpredictable when having to mark it. This was assured by the Dutch defender of Liverpool, Virgil van Dijk, prior to a semi-final bracket of the UEFA Champions League, when asked how he planned to stop the Barcelona striker.
“How are we going to stop it? I have no idea. We’ll see, but we all have to “The defender commented, who continued to analyze: “It should never be one player against another determined to play. The only way to defend well is to do it with everyone together ”. And in the case of Messi he did not hesitate to acknowledge in statements to Viasport Football that: “It will be difficult because he is the best player in the world.”