Doing relative well in previous World Cup, Colombia are aiming for something better this year in Russia, but before they’re gunning for something bigger, Jose Pekerman’s men must pick up positive result on their opening group game against Japan.
Being labeled as favorite on the tie doesn’t mean that Pekerman wants his players to underestimate their opponent as the tactician believe they will be facing a difficult tie against the Blue Samurai.
Bayern Munich star, James Rodriguez, will still be La Tricolor’s main men, though the return of Radamel Falcao could also help them more up front.
It will be interesting to see whether Colombia remain an exciting and well composed side like they showed back in World Cup 2014.
As for Japan, they are keen on showcasing that they are also a quality side that deserved more respect, while targeting to advance into the knock out stage as well.
Facing Colombia won’t be an easy task for the Blue Samurai, but their head coach, Akira Nishino, reportedly won’t be planning any defensive display on Tuesday.
Nishino promised that he won’t stay away from his attacking philosophy, so they will try to attack their South American counterpart in search for three points.
The two teams have met three times previously and two of those games were won by Colombia, while another tie ended in a draw.
Not a convincing record indeed for the Asian representative, but they will give their all and hoping that this time it’s their turn to win.
Probable starting line up:
Colombia: David Ospina(g); Santiago Arias, Yerry Mina, Davinson Sanchez, Johan Mojica; Abel Aguilar, Carlos Sanchez, Juan Cuadrado, James Rodriguez; Luis Muriel, Radamel Falcao
Japan: Eiji Kawashima(g); Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Tomoaki Makino, Yuto Nagatomo; Makoto Hasebe, Gaku Shibasaki, Genki Haraguchi, Keisuke Honda, Takashi Inui; Yuya Osako