The Sao Paulo player indicated that he generally plays in the Brazilian League with a three-line system in the background.
Defender Robert Arboleda said after the 2-1 defeat to Venotinto that the Ecuadoreans “did not play a good match” against their Venezuelan counterpart in Caracas, and the three-colored players did not do what coach Gustavo Alfaro “really wanted”. The team faces a problem on its way to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, although with 16 points it retained third place in the standings.
“I think we have two small decentralizations and that costs us. This is football. Nobody told us it was going to be easy,” the Sao Paulo player said at a press conference broadcast on Facebook Watch with questions previously sent by the sports press.
In response to a question from EL UNIVERSO about the performance of the defensive block and its participation as a winger in Caracas, Arboleda considered that “every player tries to adapt to the system that the teacher (Alvaro) wants, whether it is a line of four or a line of three defenders”.
“In my team (Sao Paulo) I usually play in a line of three, and there is no problem with me at all. I think we lacked luck either in attack or in defence. I also think that they were not errors of concentration or big mistakes. It was fortunate that we lacked And we couldn’t achieve the victory we wanted.”
“I have no problems playing as a winger or central defender, I do what the coach tells me to do. I insist that I am a professional and adapt to his orders.
Arboleda, who returned in the match against Venotinto to the starting line-up after missing four commitments, admitted that the team is very sad because “Ecuador did not deserve to lose yesterday” at the hands of the bottom of the world qualifiers. Qatar Cup 2022.
“I think Ecuador is on the right track. You know we did well in the previous matches; yesterday we weren’t clear enough, but this continues and I think the national team will turn the page.”
The 29-year-old defender preferred not to grasp the question of whether Alvaro should have a definite and stable squad at this point in the World Cup. “I’m not the one who says that kind of thing, it’s up to the coach; he’s the one who decides (…). Whoever puts it in or doesn’t get into play, it happens through the coach and not through the players.”
Regarding the next contender, Arboleda said that against Colombia on Thursday, October 14 in Barranquilla, “it will be the game of our lives” because if Ecuador wins, it will have the possibility of remaining within the qualifying zone for the World Cup.
In addition, he said that fencing is “a huge challenge” for Ecuadoreans, which is why it is necessary to “stop having this decentralization” and “try to change several things.”
“It will be a very difficult match, Colombia has great players and most of them play in Europe.”
He concluded: “We have to focus and try to counter their attack, try to score very well and move away from a stopped ball or counterattack to hurt them and get the three points, which is what we need at the moment.” (Dr)
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