The coach of the Ecuadorian National Team, Gustavo Alfaro, will be in charge of La Tri on October 8 and we highlight his best numbers on ESPN.
He had a hopeful start, then some setbacks and the last triple date of the Qualifiers returned the illusions. Something that Alfaro has incorporated him was to implement different tactical systems. In the games against Paraguay, Chile and Uruguay, he changed his game system three times: he had a line of three against Albirroja, he used a line of four against the Chileans, and he had five players in the background in Montevideo, and in the three games the Tri he was close to staying with the victory (which he finally only achieved against the Paraguayans).
Those changes allowed few goals were received against, and not be dominated by rivals. It is necessary to adjust the lack of concentration in attack and in turnovers and to be able to sustain that over time.
One of the aspects in which the Ecuadorian team has improved in this last year was in pressure and ball possession (In 2019 the average was 49% and now it has risen to 53%). It is only surpassed by Brazil (59%) and Chile (56%).
From the hand of Alfaro many players have been empowered, some even made it to the Big 5 (the English, Spanish, Italian, French and German leagues), Moisés Caicedo first being sold to Brighton and then Piero Hincapié reaching the Bundesliga, who joined Pervis Estupiñán, at Villarreal, however, that is where Ecuador is relegated by its rivals. While La Tri has three players in the main European leagues, Brazil has 26 and Argentina 23 (the one with the least is Bolivia, only 1). And what’s more, only one player (Pervis Estupiñán) dispute the UEFA Champions League (While there are 21 Brazilians and 12 Argentines).
One of the highest points in Ecuador since the arrival of the Argentine coach is the large number of young players you have been using. But with a great difference with the powers, the rest of the teams can go rocking those young promises, on the other hand Alfaro gives them a lot of minutes. Until July of this year, Ecuador used 8 children under 23 years of age (Argentina 10, Brazil and Bolivia also 8), but with a big difference: He played 43% of minutes with them, while the following is Argentina with 25% and Uruguay with 24%.
This has brought some defensive imbalances or distractions, and it was where experience was lacking to calm down some games, but of course it will be beneficial in the long run. On the other hand, mostly, the players They come from the soccer of CONMEBOL (10), Europe (9) and the United States and Mexico (8). It aims to be able to have a greater number of players in more relevant leagues that enhance the growth of all.
Something very positive this year was the average of goals scored: 1.8 per game, the highest is Brazil (2.2). And the average number of shots on goal also improved (10.9), the podium is completed by Argentina (13.3) and Brazil (12.1).
Finally, another of the high points of the process is the number of players who debuted in the Ecuadorian National Team, in total Alfaro took 20 soccer players for them to wear the Tri jacket for the first time, without a doubt that will bring this process to a successful conclusion.