Junior Alonso: "We must play an almost perfect match to beat Colombia"
Asunción, Nov 20 (EFE).- Paraguayan defender Júnior Alonso stated that the white-red team must "play an almost perfect game to beat Colombia" this Tuesday at the Defensores del Chaco stadium and close the year with 8 points out of a possible 18 in the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.
The Russian Krasnodar player, twenty-four hours before the match, described a positive atmosphere in the Paraguayan team's locker room with the arrival of Argentine coach Daniel Garnero, pointing out that his tactical idea is being assimilated by the group and that now each player is mentally prepared. to write your own story.
With this argument, he downplayed the results in the common history of both teams in the qualifying rounds, which account for a balance of five victories for each country and three draws in the matches played in Asunción.
Nor did he seem impressed by the fact that Paraguay's last home victory against the Cafeteros came in April 1997.
"The other results are part of the past. We don't talk about that between us. I didn't even know it. We try to write our own history," declared the 30-year-old defender.
From Colombia he praised figures such as Luis Díaz, James Rodríguez and Jorge Carrascal. He guaranteed that they all know them and that the work done in the last training sessions is aimed at neutralizing them.
"We have worked to make their presence not a problem for us," he said.
Colombia reaches the last match of the qualifiers in 2023 in third place with nine points, four more than those obtained by Paraguay, which occupies seventh place. EFE
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