Colombian striker Radamel Falcao Garcia is moderately optimistic about Wednesday’s Copa America game against group favorite Argentina, who unexpectedly tied against underdog Bolivia on Friday.
According to the striker, Colombia has strengthened as a team while playing exhibition games prior to the Copa America and has good morale after the 1-0 victory over Costa Rica, which put the team first in their group.
“We’re growing and have improved. For a first game it wasn’t bad at all. … Colombia showed patience, intelligence and was able to maintain itself against a difficult opponent … What saves us was that Colombia had the patience to move the ball from one side to the other to reach the goal,” the international told newspaper El Espectador.
According to Falcao Garcia, Colombia will have more chances to play the way it likes to against Argentina on Wednesday. “It’s a team that plays and allows (teams) to play the ball. Without a doubt there will be more space. To develop our game it is convenient to play against an opponent that plays the game and does not line up in the back like we saw with Costa Rica”
The Colombian striker warns not to think too lightly about Argentina despite their inability to win at home against Bolivia, number 93 in the world FIFA ranking.
“Argentina is a sleeping giant that can wake up any minute,” Falcao Garcia warns.
“We will have to respect them and, well, hope to make a good game against them. I believe it will be ninety minutes of being very concentrated. Both Colombia and Argentina like to attack, to play forward. Because of this I think it will be an entertaining game,” said the Colombian.