We can only win against the Netherlands, the Ecuador coach is optimistic Netherlands – Ecuador

We can only win against the Netherlands, the Ecuador coach is optimistic Netherlands – Ecuador
We can only win against the Netherlands, the Ecuador coach is optimistic Netherlands – Ecuador

Ecuador is awaiting further tests on veteran Ener Valencia before a decision is made on whether to rely on him for the second match of the World Cup in Group A, team coach Gustavo Alfaro said. The Ecuadorians will have to contend with the Netherlands on Friday. The 33-year-old striker, who scored both goals in the team’s 2-0 win over Qatar in the opening game of the World Cup, was without doubt in control of the entire team’s performance, but had to leave the field at the end of the match with knee pain and potential stretching.

“The tests so far have shown that there is no serious injury, but still the situation is serious. We will examine him this afternoon and decide,” Alfaro told reporters at the team’s camp. “Our composition and tactics will be determined by this.”

“I told you the other day that not even fire can stop him. If it depends on him, he will play. Let’s wait and hope that he will participate well in today’s training. Then we will judge,” the specialist also commented .

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Alfaro also added with a small smile that the pressure was beyond his team given the Netherlands’ higher position in the world rankings, as well as the presumed more serious class.

“We can only win and there is nothing to lose from this match”, explained the specialist and compared the meeting with the “Tulips” to those with Brazil and Argentina in the qualifiers in the South American zone.

“I am happy with my team. But the Netherlands are a huge force. There is no doubt that they have changed a lot in a positive way under an experienced coach like Louis van Gaal.

“We have to be strong all around – emotionally and physically. We have to run hard all game until the end of the pitch. What we did against Qatar in the first match will not be enough for any success against the Netherlands, it will not be enough for us and against Senegal in the last match. We have to improve even more,” explained the Ecuador coach when asked what his team’s chances are against the Europeans.

Midfielder Hegson Mendes said everyone in the dressing room was preparing to draw energy from the surprises that have happened so far at the World Cup, including Saudi Arabia’s victories over Argentina and Japan’s victories over Germany. “Every match is different. What’s past is past. We have nothing to lose. That’s what we talk about,” the football player said.


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