With surprises, this would be the formation of Colombia to face Ecuador in Barranquilla

Colombia would present some modifications against Ecuador, for the 12th date of the South American Qualifiers. Photo: courtesy Colombian Football Federation

There are fewer and fewer hours until the match between the Colombia selection and the Ecuador selection by the 12 o’clock date Qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The kick-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m in the Metropolitan Stadium of Barranquilla, once again, with the presence of the fans in the stands.

Those directed by the technician, Reinaldo Rueda, They are facing a great opportunity to climb the standings. They currently occupy the fifth box of the competition with 15 units; However, in case of beating the Ecuadorian team and that Brazil I win or draw before Uruguay in local condition, the ‘Tricolor’ could rise up to the third position, which already grants a direct quota to the World Cup.

For its part, Ecuador, that during his preparation he chose not to train in Barranquilla, is in the third box with 16 units, and waiting to be able to add in Colombian territory. The team, led by the Argentine coach, Gustavo Alfaro, he would not present casualties in his payroll, despite the fact that at some point there was talk about the muscular discomfort of Enner Valencia, a benchmark in front of the ‘Tri’.


Regarding the last game against Brazil, Colombia would show some specific changes and that, naturally, would mean another proposal from the team when facing the commitment. The main novelty, as confirmed in the last hours, Nicolas Sierra, journalist from ESPN, the thing is Juan Fernando Quintero will not start.

Juan Fernando Quintero (right) in the 3-1 victory against Chile at the Estadio Metropolitano de Barranquilla.  Photo: REUTERS / Luisa Gonzalez
Juan Fernando Quintero (right) in the 3-1 victory against Chile at the Estadio Metropolitano de Barranquilla. Photo: REUTERS / Luisa Gonzalez (LUISA GONZALEZ /)

“The question of Juan Fernando Quintero, who will not be a first baseman, answers another question, and that is that Juan Guillermo Cuadrado will appear as a right-hand midfielder, as he has been doing with Rueda ”, indicated the communicator in ‘Divided Ball’ this Thursday. This in reference to the possibility that the Juventus footballer was employed as a left back.

With this in mind, the defensive zone would not undergo modifications, with the exception of the right back: Stefan Medina or Daniel Muñoz? The first offers more protection when defending, while the second is characterized by its greater offensive projections. In the bow I would go David ospina; the duo of centrals would be consolidated once again with Yerry Mina and Carlos Cuesta; and Johan Mojica as a left wing.

In the midfield there would be another one of the fixed ones for Rueda: Wilmar Barrios, who was one of the figures against the ‘Canarinha’, along with Matheus Uribe, which would return to the starting eleven. For the bands, Square, open on the right, having reached its sanction date; and Luis Diaz, in the usual left area. Finally, up front, one more piece would return: Rafael Santos Borré, replacing Roger Martínez, and Radamel Falcao as an area reference.

POSSIBLE FORMATION OF COLOMBIA: David Ospina; Daniel Muñoz or Stefan Medina, Yerry Mina, Carlos Cuesta, Johan Mojica; Wilmar Barrios, Matheus Uribe; Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Luis Díaz; Rafael Santos Borré and Falcao García.

If this were the scheme used by Rueda, in principle Colombia would stop on the field with a 4-4-2. This would allow fast transitions through the bands, accompanied by Borré, who usually goes back to associate and connect, in this case, with Falcao.

POSSIBLE FORMATION OF ECUADOR: Alexander Domínguez; Ángelo Preciado, Félix Torres, Piero Hincapié and Pervis Estupiñán; Carlos Gruezo, Moisés Caicedo and Alan Franco; Ángel Mena, Énner Valencia and Michael Estrada.

In the last practice, the ‘Tri’ used a 4-4-3, scheme that could be maintained in the face of commitment. At a press conference, Alfaro, pointed out the importance of their managers having the “ability to handle the ball, because it is difficult to exert pressure with the temperature that is going to play ”.


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