Ecuador talks about Colombia: they say they will play the game of their lives

The Ecuadorian defender, Robert Arboleda, said that next Thursday (4:00 pm) against Colombia, “will be the game of our lives”, all in the face of the claims to qualify in the playoffs South American women of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

“Against Colombia it will be a very difficult game, we know that they have great players, that most of them play in Europe, so for us it will be a great challenge, we must be well focused, try to change several things; it will be the game of our lives, to be within the World Cup qualification zone and that is what we all long for, “he said.

Arboleda made these statements from Caracas, through a virtual press conference broadcast in his country by the Ecuadorian Federation of
Football (FEF).

The Ecuadorian defender insisted that it will be a very difficult game in which there must be a lot of concentration on the part of the players, to try to counter the Colombian attack, score well and even take advantage of the stopped balls to try to do damage and get all three. points, which is what is needed right now.

He also accepted that the 2-1 defeat yesterday, Sunday, during the visit to Venezuela, was very difficult for everyone, although “the good thing about Ecuador is that it knows how to recover from setbacks, it knows how to get up. I have faith and trust in Each of my teammates, I trust the coaching staff, so Ecuador is going to get up in this game, we will try to get the three points to continue in the qualifying zone and thus be able to reach the great goal that is to reach the World Cup, “he said.

According to Arboleda, against Venezuela there were “two deconcentrations” that cost, but he stressed that this is football, nothing is easy, although they have tried to “do their best” and “fit in with what the coach wants.”

The Ecuadorian central defender is convinced that in yesterday’s game there was even some luck missing, both in defense and in attack, since they were not great deconcentration or errors, “it was luck that we lacked, so we could not get the victory which was what we wanted. ” He assured that, on a personal level, he has no problems playing with a line of three or four defenders, winger or central defender: “I am a professional and I abide by the coach’s orders.”

He did not hide the atmosphere of sadness that exists within the team after the defeat against Venezuela. “We are very sad because we did not deserve to lose. This in football and Ecuador is on the right track, the team has had great performances, this continues and Ecuador is going to turn around what happened yesterday,” he added.

In the first leg of the qualifying rounds played last year in the Ecuadorian capital, Ecuador beat Colombia 6-1, which will try in Barranquilla to take revenge to jump to a better location. Ecuador is third in the general classification of the South American qualifiers with 16 points, while Colombia occupies the fifth place with 15 units.