After obtaining third place in the Copa América 2021, the Colombian National Team by Reinaldo Rueda has already been filming and now he faces the start of the triple playoff date. For day nine of the qualifiers, the Tricolor will visit Bolivia at the height of La Paz, a duel that is crucial in order to qualify for the World Cup 2022.
After six games played, currently the Colombian team is fifth in the Positions table with eight points, product of two victories, two draws and two defeats. In the current qualifier Reinaldo Rueda is undefeated as DT de la Tricolor, well officially debuted in his second cycle as team coach last June with victory in Lima against Peru and drawing in Barranquilla against Argentina.
The tactical memory that the team acquired with the last knockout double plus the seven games it played in the Copa América, has been very important for Rueda. The coach was able to try some variants from the individual and the tactical as a whole, consolidated as revelation and scorer to Luis Diaz, secured Daniel Munoz on the right, affirmed the pair Wilmar Barrios and Matheus Uribe medium and you know that from the bench can count with players who did not weigh their shirts and also became relevant with their game and sacrifice as Rafael Santos Borré, Miguel Ángel Borja or Gustavo Cuéllar.
For the duel against the Bolivians, Reinaldo was preparing the match with practices that have already been carried out for almost a month. To the morphocycle of Bogotá, the work rewarded the level of some and they were called Andrés Román, Andrés Andrade, Baldomero Perlaza, Yerson Candelo, Álvaro Montero, Andrés Llinás, Dairon Mosquera and his henchman from the midfield: Alexander Mejía, who was the fundamental axis of Atlético Nacional with which he reached the title of the Conmebol Libertadores in 2016.
The great news of Rueda’s call-up for these matches were the return of experienced captain and scorer Falcao García and midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero. However, the team also has big absences, among which the one by James Rodríguez stands out. Other heavy casualties that Colombia will have will be those of the forwards of Atalanta Duván Zapata and Luis Fernando Muriel, in addition to the central defender Yerry Mina. Meanwhile Stefan Medina will not be able to act due to accumulation of yellow cards.
According to the latest information on the future of James and Falcao, Reinaldo Rueda expressed himself: “Everything is going to happen because of what his present represents, to the extent that James can play, he can have a better present, welcome to all, For Everton, for him, for the National Team, it is what one always wants as a national coach for the players to act regularly (…) , the leading role that he has always had, will be beneficial for him and for us ”.
Rueda also spoke about what he plans to raise at Hernando Siles and made reference to the tactical memory: “The base will surely be the same because of the importance and certain influential positions and players, we have to wait how we finish tomorrow, the reactions post game and that will determine the payroll on Sunday. It is difficult to determine in what percentage this base can be maintained, but it is the ideal (…) Colombia has the mark of what was done in the Copa América, an important support was made from what there was, I want a team that continues to improve in solidity, harmony, be more effective and that allows us better results ”.
Bolivia is in eighth place in the Qualifiers with five points, the product of a win, two draws and three losses. At home he could only defeat Venezuela, but fell to Argentina and Ecuador. In his last duel for the qualifiers he tied Chile in Santiago. The green comes from a resounding elimination in the Copa América 2021 in which he finished last without scoring any points in four Group A games.
The last match between Colombia and Bolivia was in the previous Qualifiers and it was a 1-0 triumph for the Tricolor with a goal by James Rodríguez in the Metropolitano. The last Colombian presentation in La Paz was also with 2-3 victory thanks to goals from James, Bacca and Cardona.
Bolivia: Lampe, Saavedra, Haquin, Jusino, Fernández, Justiniano, Chura, Vaca, Céspedes, Bejarano and Martins.
Colombia: Ospina; Roman, Sánchez, Murillo, Tesillo; Barrios, Mejía, Andrade, Díaz; Borja and Borré.