Peru vs. Colombia: Adolfo ‘Tren’ Valencia compared James Rodríguez with Christian Cueva

Both players are fundamental in their selection in this eliminatory process.

In the preview of Peru vs. Colombia, a former World Cup player from the “coffee” team spoke about the duel. It’s about the former striker Aldofo Valencia, who referred to what will be the first game of the double day of the South American Qualifiers. In addition, a comparison between James Rodriguez Y christian cave.

The ‘Tren’ was asked about the Colombian ’10’. “It is a reference. When he puts on the shirt, it doesn’t weigh him down. It should have more continuity. One thing is to see him at the team level and another in the national team. You can see the desire to support his team”. Then he made a parallel with ‘Aladdin’. “James Rodríguez is like Christian Cueva in Peru. They are those referent players of their national teams, who try to give their best for their country”.

In addition, he made an analysis of the duel by qualifiers.Colombia comes from less to more, doing a very good campaign. We haven’t got three points, but the draws have helped us to be in fourth place. That is a great advantage. Colombia depends on itself. The idea is to ensure the game in Barranquilla, it will not be easy, Peru is going through a good moment. Then it’s time to go to Argentina and try to get a point there”.

Finally praised the Peruvian style following the arrival of the “Tiger”. “Peru has very talented players, of great quality. I’m not talking about individuals, but about the collective, which makes a team grow. Yes indeed, Ricardo Gareca has put another chip into the Peruvian team, good football. Peru has the same game as Colombia: the good touch. So it will not be easy in Barranquilla”.

The Peruvian team tied 1-1 with Panama last Sunday l Photo: FPF
The Peruvian team tied 1-1 with Panama last Sunday l Photo: FPF


Both players have similar characteristics. They can play behind the striker or also as wingers. But the style of play would not be the only similarity. The two made their debut in 2011 with their national teams.. ‘Cuevita’ had his first match in a goalless draw against Japan in a friendly match, while Rodríguez did the same in the qualifying victory against Bolivia.

The current Al Rayyan footballer accumulates 82 games with the senior team shirt, in which he was able to score 23 goals and the same number of assists. He has also been part of the delegation that participated in the World Cups in Brazil 2014 (where he was the golden boot) and Russia 2018.

For his part, the Al Fateh midfielder has 87 games with the ‘bicolor’. He has scored 15 goals and enabled his teammates 11 times. The former San Martín University player was part of the Gareca cast that participated in the last World Cup event.

Christian Cueva scored the partial 1-0 victory for Peru in Quito.  Photo: Conmebol.
Christian Cueva scored the partial 1-0 victory for Peru in Quito. Photo: Conmebol.


The duel between Peru and Colombia will be the next Friday, October 28 at 4:00 p.m. (Peruvian time) at the Roberto Meléndez Metropolitan Stadium, which will look crowded because it received authorization from the government to have 100% capacity. This will be more than 46 thousand spectators in the sports complex.

The National selection he hasn’t been able to win in Barraquilla since 1997. That time he managed to score three important points with a great goal from ‘Chino’ Pereda. At that time the coach of ‘everyone’s team’ was Juan Carlos Oblitas. From there, Peru visited Colombia five times, lost four and won one (this victory was at El Campín in Bogotá).


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