Colombia learn to play without James Rodriguez but lose

Real Madrid Had a lack of creativity

Carlos Quieroz has been in charge of the Colombian national team since March, with his first match being a friendly against Japan.

Since then, Quieroz has overseen 10 games and lost just once during 90 minutes (to South Korea), although Colombia fell in a penalty shootout against Chile in the Copa America after extra time.

Quieroz has certainly managed to put together a decent side without a No.10, and although the coach’s side lacked the goals and creativity necessary for victory (which is often provided by James Rodriguez), the midfield has been solid.

Despite this, Colombia cannot escape the fact that they have failed to win without James, and since Quieroz‘s arrival, all six of his victories have come when the Real Madrid midfielder has featured.

James was forced to pull out of recent clashes due to a muscular injury sustained during Los Blancos encounter with Real Valladolid, and rumours were circulating that Colombia‘s head coach may not have been selecting the playmaker for tactical reasons, but the star’s absence could not have been felt more by his country.

Many observers still fear that creativity in midfield could be sacrificed under the head coach’s system, which relies more on defensive solidity and pressing, rather than fluid, entertaining football.

Quieroz will certainly need results in Colombia‘s upcoming games if his tactics and selection criteria are to be vindicated.

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