bad time of Enner Valencia with the Ecuadorian team is still news. The center forward’s last goal was on March 30 against the Argentine team on the last date of the South American qualifier, in which Ecuador reached a draw (1-1) at home at the Monumental Banco Pichincha stadium, and which was used to celebrate qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Since then, the captain of the Tricolor He has played four of the five FIFA date checks and has not managed to make up for his drought. On Tuesday he had the opportunity to end the streak in the friendly against Japan, from the penalty spot, but goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt stopped the charge.
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His former partner in the national team, Segundo Alejandro Castillo, a World Cup player in Germany in 2006, gave his opinion regarding the position on the field in which Enner can best perform.
“I like more to see Enner Valencia as the second striker, in that position he has more freedom and can take advantage of his potential”commented the Mortar to the Quito radio machsports.
Valencia, the Tricolor’s all-time top scorer (35 goals in 74 games) and one of the main goalscoring cards for Qatar 2022, entered the field in the 76th minute against the Japanese. Shortly afterwards, Michael Estrada was brought down in the box, for which the infraction was called. Enner took responsibility in the eleven meters and charged to the side, but Schmidt cleared (83 minutes).
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The numbers of ‘Superman’ this season with the Fenerbahce They are encouraging, since he alone commands the scoring table in the Turkish Super League. There are eight goals and two assists in eleven performances.
He has converted two against Ümraniyespor, two against Kasimpasa, another two against Adana Demirspor, one goal against Alanyaspor, in the Turkish championship, and another goal against French Rennes in the Europa League.
Castillo, who is technical director and currently works as sports director of Barcelona SC, added that he observed an evolution between one and another of the friendlies that the Tri played against Saudi Arabia and Japan. “In the second game I saw Ecuador better. We are going to arrive well for the opening match ”, he predicts.
Mortero advises that the coach Gustavo Alfaro “has to try several options”. However, officially, the Ecuadorian team has no more qualifying games left until its debut in the World Cup on November 21, in a duel with the host, Qatar.
“The coach is doing a good job and it will surely go very well for us. I am sure that we will have a joy in Qatar, but if it does not go well for them, we must continue to support them for the joy they will give us, ”he said.
“Ecuador has great quality players. Seeing (Carlos) Gruezo lead that midfield makes me very happy,” said the former midfielder. (D)