2018 World Cup: Colombia Has Enough Talent To Make A Great Run

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BOGOTA, COLOMBIA - MAY 25: Jose Pekerman, coach of Colombia talks to Colombian singer Maluma during a training session open to the public as part of the preparation for FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 on May 25, 2018 in Bogota, Colombia. (Photo by Gabriel Aponte/Getty Images)

Editorial (June 10, 2018) – Colombia has one thing in mind: Win the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

How are they going to do this?

Nobody knows, but in any case, the whole country put its hopes in the striker Radamel Falcao and the midfielder James Rodríguez.

2018 World Cup: Colombia Has Enough Talent To Make A Great Run

Colombia is going to do whatever it takes to win their first World Cup trophy ever. Of course, this year is particularly difficult because there are probably seven teams stronger than them.

However, Colombia can manage to go further than they did in Brazil in 2014, when they reached the quarter-final for the first time in their history.

To achieve that goal, they need to trust each other and not only give the responsibility to James and Falcao.

The 23-man

Here’s a look at the squad coach José Pekerman selected:

Goalkeepers: David Ospina, Jose Cuadrado, and Camilo Vargas.
Defenders: Cristian Zapata, Oscar Murillo, Santiago Arias, Yerry Mina, Frank Fabra, Johan Mojica and Davinson Sanchez.
Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Abel Aguilar, Juan Cuadrado, Mateus Uribe, Jefferson Lerma, Juan Fernando Quintero and James Rodriguez.
Forwards: Carlos Bacca, Luis Muriel, Miguel Borja, Jose Izquierdo and Radamel Falcao.

The worst news about this squad is the Frank Fabras’ injury. The starter defender tore his ACL and will miss the tournament.

Pekerman chose Farid Díaz as Fabra’s replacement.

Fabras’ injury was a terrible news, but Colombia still has enough talent to reach at least the second round again as long as they stay mentally strong. Although, for to win the title they have to battle first in their group, which is considered to be one of the hardest in the World Cup.

Group Stage

Colombia is in Group H alongside Poland, Senegal, and Japan.

Tough match-ups await “The Cafeteros.” After all, they should keep in mind that they probably will face either Belgium or England in the Round of 16.

In general, Colombia has a compact midfield with Cuadrado, Muriel, and James that can bother any defense.

Falcao’s presence in the box is a guarantee and the center-back defenders Yerry Minas and Davidson Sánchez make Colombia a complete team.

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