Colombia are in Rio de Janeiro ready to confront Uruguay. The “charrua” squad received the worst possible news when Luis Suarez, their most important player, was banned for four months, ruling him out for the rest of the World Cup.
The sanction, for biting Giorgio Chiellini, is kind of a sad punishment not only for him, but for the fans because we will not see this great player for the rest of the competition and beyond.
Uruguay will miss the Liverpool man. They have scored just four goals and Suarez notched two of those in as many matches. He was absent against Costa Rica, but he scored against England and was a key man against Italy. We must remember that Uruguay are in the World Cup largely because of the 11 goals Suarez netted in the qualifiers, which made him the top scorer on the continent above Lionel Messi and Colombia’s own Radamel Falcao, who of course is missing through injury.
The question now is, should Colombia change their strategy. It’s not the same being asked to cover Luis Suarez as it
is covering the veteran Diego Forlan. The absence of the Uruguayan great should allow Colombia coach Jose Pekerman to modify his strategy a bit, because the defenders will have less of a concern, so the team can attack more freely. Today, Colombia must keep the ball and lead the game.
History is on the side of the “charruas”, but the present is on our side. The game will definitely be exciting and all the Colombian fans are full of dreams – we want to make history in the Maracana.