The Colombia selection will close 2021 with this match against Paraguay In Barranquilla. Must win to depend on herself in the Playoff and go back to score goals after four dates. James could return as a starter.
The set of Reinaldo Rueda arrives between Criticized for their performance and style of play of the last commitments. The selection has four games without winning, in which tied against Uruguay, Brazil and Ecuador, and lost back as a visitor to Brazil. What’s more, does not score goals since the victory against Chile on date 10.
Wilmar Barrios and Jhoan Mojica will be absent due to accumulation of yellow cards. In addition, he has James Rodríguez back to Barranquilla. He does so after a year of that 0-3 defeat against Uruguay. The midfielder would have many options to return to play from the start as the team needs his best version because in recent games his creative process has not been efficient and to beat Paraguay he needs a player with his vision.
“We all know what James brings to the national team. The intelligence of the game, the leadership, the synergy he has with the players, that will be positive for us. On the medical issue, with his treatment, he has been contributing to overcome the discomfort he had in his ribs. What happens in the game can only be evaluated later “, said the DT in conference.
On how to face the game this Tuesday, he added that getting a good result depends a lot on the decision-making by Colombian players and their intelligence when playing the important balls.
“It will go through the intelligence of the game, knowing when we should develop or make a direct transition that allows us to unbalance; make a good distribution of spaces. Everything goes through a good interpretation, knowing how to understand when we play at the foot of the partner or in space. it has been possible to stabilize a payroll due to the injuries of the players in their clubs or the sanctions “.
For its part, Paraguay arrives with the novelty of its new coach, Argentine Guillermo Barros Schelotto and with the obligation of a victory because another result would leave them practically eliminated from the World Cup.
It debuted with a 0-1 home defeat against Chile and has lost four consecutive games. At the moment they are eighth in the Positions table with 12 points.
In the last confrontation in front of Colombia drew 1-1 at home and on his last visit to Metropolitan Roberto Meléndez, for the Russia 2018 qualifiers, he took a 2-1 victory on matchday 17.
“We know what we are playing in Colombia and the importance of the three points. We would have liked to stand 20 meters ahead against Chile, we scored well defensively, these are circumstances that happen and great games are not going to be seen. The proximity of the end of Playoffs make the opponents risk less and the differences are minimal, “said Barros Schelotto.
Regarding Colombia, he pointed out that he expects a very strong team with great players. and with a lot of desire to win because they are obliged to get the three points for playing at home.
“Colombia has very good players, they are of international level. They are also in a situation in which it has been difficult for them to win and score goals and they need the three points as we need them. Not because of their need, nor is it going to be a match for us. It is going to be a close game and very tactical. It has some forwards who have very good times in Europe like Zapata. We don’t know if James will play or not or if Cuadrado will play as defender. We are going to find a tough opponent and difficult, but we are confident of getting the three points, “he said.
– Heading to Sweden 1958: Colombia 2-3 Paraguay (Bogotá)
– Heading to Mexico 1970: Colombia 0-1 Paraguay (Bogotá)
– Heading to Argentina 1978: Colombia 0-1 Paraguay (Bogotá)
– Heading to Mexico 1986: Colombia 2-1 Paraguay (Cali)
– Heading to Italy 1990: Colombia 2-1 Paraguay (Barranquilla)
– Heading to the United States 1994: Colombia 0-0 Paraguay (Barranquilla)
– Heading to France 1998: Colombia 1-0 Paraguay (Barranquilla)
–Japan 2002: Colombia 0-2 Paraguay (Bogotá)
– Heading to Germany 2006: Colombia 1-1 Paraguay (Barranquilla)
– Heading to South Africa 2010: Colombia 0-1 Paraguay (Bogotá)
– Heading to Brazil 2014: Colombia 2-0 Paraguay (Barranquilla)
– Heading to Russia 2018: Colombia 1-2 Paraguay (Barranquilla)
Colombia: David Ospina; Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Dávinson Sánchez, William Tesillo, Yairo Moreno; Jefferson Lerma, Gustavo Cuéllar, Luis Díaz, James Rodríguez; Duván Zapata and Rafael Borré.
Paraguay: Antony Silva; Juan Escobar, Gustavo Gómez, Fabián Balbuena, Junior Alonso; Andrés Cubas / Ángel Cardozo Lucena, Matías Rojas, Mathias Villasanti; Ángel Romero, Miguel Almirón and Carlos González.