The coach of La Tri hoped to add as a visitor the points that have been lost at home against Peru and Chile.
Gustavo Alfaro, technical director of the Ecuadorian soccer team, consider that this defeat against Venezuela is a result that can complicate the Tricolor in their aspirations to stay in qualifying positions by Qatar 2022 World Cup. Likewise, he confirmed that a defeat like today’s was not in the plans, due to the points lost in local condition against Peru (defeat) and Chile (tie).
“Unfortunately, the failures we had in defense and in attack deprived us of getting a good result. It is a result that can complicate us and that is why these points that we do not take here must be taken out as a visitor because we have lost local points against Peru and Chile”, Mentioned the coach at a press conference.
“Although we have won in Bolivia, we need to get away points to recover what we have not taken from home,” he added.
Regarding the change in the scheme to measure Vinotinto in relation to what was the comparison with Bolivia last Thursday, Alfaro assured that “they are different parties” that lead to pose differently.
“They are different parties, different things and different approaches. There are physical issues that must also be weighed, so much so that Enner (Valencia) came out with a contracture in the adductor, so those physical expenses are. What we did against Bolivia was not for this game”, He analyzed.
As for whether he prioritized taking care of players with yellow cards for the match against Colombia next Thursday, since he did not start with Valencia and Estrada on offense, the former technical director of Boca Juniors ruled it out and assured that it was the physical problem of Valencia in the adductor.
“At one point I ask (Valencia) and he tells me that his adductor was loaded, so that’s where I decide to make the change. We had the entry of Bryan Angulo, so we ended up playing with two 9s. If we had used both (Valencia and Estrada) in both games, they would not have been physically whole for the game against Colombia, which I understand is going to be a physical game.”, He pointed out.
Alfaro reiterated that “the errors prevented them from adding the points that were needed”, while he waited for the replacement “to give them the physical support to support the three games.”
‘To continue deepening my position on the court is to disrespect Gustavo (Alfaro)’
Ángel Mena regretted the defeat against the Venezuelan national team since his idea was to take the three points and, if not possible, “continue adding”. However, the deconcentration and errors took their toll on the national team.
“We had a deconcentration in the final minutes of the first half that cost us a draw. In the second half an unfortunate play costs us too. It was the keynote of the game, they had few situations, we generated and did not convert, ”said the León de México player at the post-match press conference.
“This result leaves us saddened, adding was good and we leave empty-handed. We need to sustain for the greatest number of minutes in the game, if so we can get better results ”, he added.
Regarding his understanding on the field of play with Gonzalo Plata, with whom he has similarities in terms of his location on the field, Mena said that he tries to adapt to the functions that the coach asks of him.
“We try with Plata to engage in the things that Gustavo (Alfaro) asks of us, today at times there were good connections, we need to understand each other more and we hope as the matches go by to catch up and get to know each other more for the good of the national team. ”, He expressed.
And, finally, he did not want to delve into his location within the field of play, since he considers it a lack of respect towards the Argentine coach.
“To continue deepening my position on the court is to disrespect Gustavo (Alfaro). I have had to be in different positions and I do it with pleasure, as long as it is for the good of my country I will be predisposed where I play”, Sentence. (D)