The former selected questioned the strategy of the Ecuadorian technical director during the match against Vinotinto in Caracas.October 11, 2021 - 0
The former selected questioned the strategy of the Ecuadorian technical director during the match against Vinotinto in Caracas.
October 11, 2021 – 09h47
“I don’t know why we continue with three centrals when we need to win this game.” This is how Antonio Valencia, former captain of Ecuador, expressed his disagreement with Gustavo Alfaro, coach of the Tricolor, during the game that the national team finally lost against Venezuela (2-1), in Caracas, a World Cup qualifying defeat that was not in the Coach calculations on his goal to qualify for Qatar 2022.
The message from Valencia, who retired from football in May 2021 and with the National Team accumulated 99 appearances until the Copa América 2019, was published on Twitter when La Tri was already down in the score -after having advanced- on Sunday afternoon in the Olympic stadium of the Central University of Venezuela.
In the Venezuelan capital, Enner Valencia gave the Ecuadorians the advantage by converting a penalty in the 37th minute, but Darwin Machís prevented the local from being defeated in the first half by equalizing at 45 + 1. Eduard Bello, with the complicity of the young goalkeeper Moisés Ramírez (21 years old), made it 2-1 at minute 64 with a long-distance free kick.
Unlike what Alfaro proposed in the recent victory over Bolivia (3-0) in Guayaquil, the Tricolor presented a baseline against Vinotinto with centrals: Robert Arboleda, Félix Torres and Piero Hincapié. The strategy continued until the 83rd minute, when the Brazilian Sao Paulo defender left the field and midfielder Alan Franco entered.
Ecuador, which did not show a clear offensive idea, did not improve either with the modifications of the Argentine coach. In addition to Franco, Michael Estrada left the bench (minute 65), who on Thursday opened the account against Green; Joao Joshimar Rojas (65), Bryan Angulo (83) and Ayrton Preciado (89). All, after the blow that meant Bello’s goal.
The defeat in the field of Venezuela conditions the cast of Alfaro, who said that he aims to add “six points” in the three games this month of the World Cup. The Tricolor still has to visit Colombia, in Barranquilla, next Thursday.
I don’t know why we continue with 3 centrales, when we need to win this game. 🇪🇨
– Antonio Valencia (@ anto_v25) October 10, 2021
After eleven presentations, the Ecuadorian team ranks third in the South American standings heading to Qatar 2022, with 16 points. Venezuela, which before beating La Tri had only achieved it against Chile in November 2020, is still at the bottom of the table (10th), with seven points. (D)