After several cycles without attending the Soccer World Cup, the Colombia selection chain two consecutive participations thanks to a brilliant generation. He is currently in an uncomfortable position in the South American Qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup 2022 and coach Reinaldo Rueda needs to score points in the triple date that is coming.
After six dates played in the CONMEBOL Qualifiers, Colombia is occupying fifth place in the general classification with 8 points and a negative goal difference. In a scenario in which Brazil and Argentina seem to be on track to qualify, there are only two direct spots in dispute and of course, the intercontinental playoff in the fifth overall position.
Between September 2 and 9, the three pending dates of the first phase of the qualifying tournament to Qatar will be played and Colombia needs to find its best level, after adding only four of the twelve possible points in the last two dates.
They could have sensitive losses due to the refusal of several European leagues to lend to their players due to the implications of the protocols against COVID-19, among which are Davinson Sánchez, Yerry Mina, Juan Cuadrado, Luis Muriel and even Luis Diaz, the great figure of Colombia in the Copa América.
Some former Colombian players and analysts, such as Ivan René Valenciano, have pointed out that it is a responsibility on the part of the technical director Rueda to win at least two victories in the games against Bolivia, Paraguay and Chile. Even to the point of suggesting that if he does not succeed, he will have to leave his position as the Colombian helmsman.