Six games without winning, more than 550 minutes without scoring and a defeat that distanced Colombia from the fight for Qatar-2022: balance of the beleaguered DT Reinaldo Rueda that complicates his World Cup aspirations.
The loss of 1-0 against suffered at home against Peru on Friday intensified the crisis in a team that does not raise its head.
Each unmarked minute is another kilogram of weight that falls on Reinaldo Rueda, a criticized coach who came to his country’s team with the task of qualifying it for its third consecutive World Cup.
In the absence of three games to play and with the powerful Argentina in sight, the setback in Barranquilla distanced the coffee growers from the direct qualification zone to Qatar.
Colombia is sixth with 17 points, partially out of the World Cup, three points behind Peru and two points behind Uruguay.
“It’s very difficult, it’s very hard, really for the fans, for the whole country,” Rueda lamented at a press conference after the duel.
– Concern –
For the first time since October 2020, Colombia had Falcao García and James Rodríguez in the starting lineup.
But the reunion of the best Colombian soccer players of the last decade did not alleviate the lack of goal that already adds up to six games.
In addition, the names of the stars Luis Díaz and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado increasingly go unnoticed in a 4-2-3-1 scheme that does not pay off.
“The system proposed by Professor Rueda is worrying,” said former international Adolfo “Tren” Valencia on Caracol Radio.
“We know that the midfield, the creation flyers with the forwards are not working, so the teacher has to work a little more on that part,” added the former Bayern Munich player.
The discussion about the continuity or not of the 64-year-old coach at the head of the team occupied the debate programs after the game.
Former striker Mauricio Molina believes that in the string of games without a win little effort has been made to change course.
“No corrective measures had been taken, no changes had been made, they had not had the audacity to explore different situations,” he declared on the ESPN channel.
– Barranquilla got cold –
According to the statistician MisterChip, Rueda’s men are about to equal the worst goal drought in the region.
“There is only ONE worst streak in South America: 7 games in a row without scoring for Venezuela between 1997 and 2000,” he detailed on Twitter.
Four of those six games were played at the Metropolitan Stadium, an old fort on the Caribbean that is less and less suffocating rivals.
Rueda left the field of play booed from the stands, which threw plastic bottles at him. His auxiliaries covered him so that he would not be hit.
Colombia played at home with “pure stress. That was pure tension that the team was managing,” retired goalkeeper Óscar Córdoba analyzed on the same television network.
If they lose against an Argentina without Lionel Messi on Tuesday, Colombia would have one foot out of the World Cup.