World Cup 2014 team preview – Colombia

Captain: Mario Yepes

Manager: Jose Pekerman

 

 

High calibre attacking players into a system that facilitates some enthralling play. Slowly but surely, this team have developed into a side well drilled squad.

 

Notable Strength –Attack Attack Attack. When you have striker as lethal as  Jackson Martinez ,Carlos Bacca , Adrian Ramos , Teofilo Gutierrez . Its really hard not the score goals through them.

Notable Weakness – Defense . How lethal the Colombia attack is , that’s kinda opposite with defense. Its not bad , but its looking to be a not a top notch defense that can stop top caliber attack.

 

Projected Starting XI

 

 

Goalkeeper – David Ospina  will start for them

Defenders – Italy based Mario Yepes , Cristian Zapata and  Camilo Zuniga will mostly start at defense

Midfielders – Carlos Sanchez and Fredy Guarin, who are tenacious rather than creative. So that means that creativity goes James Rodriguez and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado

Forwards –  Colombia has plenty of strikers at their disposal , despite of missing Falcao.  Teófilo Gutiérrez , Carlos Bacca Jackson Martínez and Adrián Ramos. Pick anyone , they are the most lethal strikers.

Key Player – With Falcao out , James Rodriguez  is expected to lead this team.

Notable Missing Players – Falcao .

Surprise – Well James Rodriguez is the focus of the opposing teams , but Juan Guillermo Cuadrado will play vital role for Colombia.

 

One to Watch –  James Rodriguez will be the focus the attack minded Colombian side. The attack will run through him.

Young Star –James Rodriguez  is the star of this team.

 

Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Nice), Faryd Mondragon (Deportivo Cali), Camilo Vargas (Santa Fe).

Defenders: Mario Yepes (Atalanta), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Carlos Valdes (San Lorenzo), Eder Alvarez Balanta (River Plate), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli), Pablo Armero (West Ham).

Midfielders: Carlos Sanchez (Elche), Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan), Abel Aguilar (Toulouse), Aldo Leao Ramirez (Morelia), Juan Fernando Quintero (Porto), Víctor Ibarbo (Cagliari), James Rodriguez (Monaco), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina), Alexander Mejia (Atletico Nacional).

Forwards: Jackson Martinez (Porto), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla), Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate).

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