National coach Ecuador: ‘If it is up to Enner Valencia, he always plays’ | football world cup

National coach Ecuador: ‘If it is up to Enner Valencia, he always plays’ | football world cup
National coach Ecuador: ‘If it is up to Enner Valencia, he always plays’ | football world cup

There is a good chance that Enner Valencia, the star of Ecuador, will ‘just’ appear at the kick-off against the Orange tomorrow. ,,I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but it must not have any consequences”, said national coach Gustavo Alfaro, who also got his gram for the national press following the first surprises at the World Cup.

Valencia was the big man during the opening game of the World Cup, in which he ruled host country Qatar (0-2) with two goals. However, the striker of Fenerbahçe was replaced fifteen minutes before the end, after he already collided before half-time and no longer looked fresh underarms.

As a result, there is a question mark behind his name for the second group match with the Orange. A small one, Alfaro provided some clarity during the press conference. ,,He cannot be dragged out of this match’, says the Argentinian national coach Ecuador. ,,This afternoon we will train and we will complete the analysis. So far he feels no injury, but it was a serious collision.”

Alfaro therefore does not want to line up Valencia at all costs in the duel between the front runners in Group A. ,,It cannot be that it leaves trauma or consequences if I set him up. He is very specific himself. If it’s up to Enner, he always plays. During qualifying he was always there when the team needed him. We’ll see if we can count on him. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt if I can.”



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In Ecuador, the World Cup fever has risen sharply after the victory over Qatar. The national press was also enthusiastic, while the tenor of getting hold of the World Cup ticket was still skeptical. This was mainly due to the lack of return of the national team. Asked whether he now feels enough recognition, Alfaro referred to the recent World Cup stunts and got his gram.

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Gustavo Alfaro. ©AFP

Ecuador recently played a 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia and Japan, who pulled off a gigantic stunt by immediately shattering the World Cup dream of Argentina and Germany respectively. “Results are not everything. Result is deceptive. That is why we do not analyze results, but performance. Sometimes we defend well and we win. But did you deserve to win?”

“You were there in Spain when we lost 4-0”, he addressed the Ecuadorian press. “The questions were mainly: what should Ecuador do at the World Cup if they cannot score a goal? Remember who we didn’t score against? Saudi Arabia and Japan, among others. And now those countries appear to have beaten Argentina and Germany. I’m not surprised about Japan. I immediately realized how good that team was and that Germany could get into trouble with that. So the problem is: it is very good or very bad. I don’t believe either,” Alfaro continued. “The group must be convinced. That is the only truth that matters to me.”

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