COLOMBIA NEWS – Two wins from two matches but José Pékerman is trying to focus on Japan, not a possible quarter-final meeting with Brazil

José Pékerman is a classic take-one-game-at-a-time manager. For the 64-year-old Argentinian, football is about what happens today, not tomorrow. All of which is fine, apart from the fact that Pékerman has made Colombia dream.

They have qualified for the knockout stage with a game to spare and Friday 4 July is the date already being circled on calendars. A mouth-watering quarter-final against Brazil could be on the cards.

“The objectives are to seek experience and compete, but always giving importance to the game,” said Pékerman about what the game will be on Tuesday, who also added that “The world we have to take full advantage.”

Pékerman has his mind focused on taking on Japan in Cuiabá, not Brazil in Fortaleza next week. He wants to play things down, not talk them up, which is why he chose his words carefully when asked about comparisons with the Colombia side that reached the knockout stage in 1990.

“It’s impossible not to think of that Colombia team that astonished the world of football at that time,” he said. “The memories are very well kept in our minds and our hearts. We will not get carried away thinking we can go further than them. We still have a game against Japan to think about.”

On possible changesthe national coach said that “until the last moment we have the options, it depends on the state we find the boys.” But he left open the door and said “can certainly be variations from the last game, but is still not defined quantity.”

However noted that “Colombia is repeating something I did in the eliminations: score goals,” he said.

The coach was enthusiastic about tomorrow (Tuesday) and said that “hopes to continue working hard for Colombia” and went onto say that the team “has been patient and when there are good players and they all work for one goal always gives good results.”

Source: El Espectador