Ecuador’s second match in the World Cup in Qatar is approaching, in which it is now classified as a “tough” team by some experts. The team trained by Gustavo Alfaro has in its maximum star a Enner Valencia who arrived at the tournament at a great moment due to his scoring streak with Fenerbahçe in Turkey, which is expected to be one of the great focuses of attention of the defense of the Netherlands. In addition to the all-time top scorer for the Tricolor, Alfaro has three fresh midfielders who are hungry to devour everything that comes their way.
Before the match against Oranje (in Dutch) coach Louis van Gaal, a player like Christian Noboa, who ended up as one of the figures in the Ecuadorian midfield in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has come to light during his vacation in the country with a letter for the “destroyer” of the rival midfield. The Czar refers to Carlos Gruezo.
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“He is a player with a lot of experience, he has been in the last three qualifiers and he shows that now he is ready. Previously he was in his first World Cup and it was difficult for him to adapt, but now you see that he is one of the captains, one of those who manage the defensive zone and he is doing very well. Let’s hope that he continues to show it as he is doing in Germany, ”says the former selected player who plays in the Russian Premier League.
And Noboa’s praise for the FC Augsburg midfielder abounded: “He’s the one in charge of scoring, defending, taking care of the entire defensive zone, and he does it very well. He is everywhere, he looks like an octopus for his height; and he already knows how to position himself, he knows how to position himself, he knows how to look before receiving the ball… These are things that German football has given him”.
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Noboa knows very well what it is to play for the National Team at an early age and the added pressure and burden that this implies on the shoulders of the newest.
“(They have grown) a lot (Moisés Caicedo, Jhegson Méndez and José Cifuentes). When I met them they did not have that dynamic, that vision of the game, those movements that they now make, those mechanisms that are already known between Méndez and Caicedo. The two already know where to position themselves, where to locate themselves, where to close, when to attack, when to have the ball. They give you game time. They have grown a lot,” he said. Czar, 37 years old.
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Noboa wanted to end his letter with a message for the coach: “Professor Gustavo has given them the opportunity to play, to have the confidence of the coach and that for a player can be the freest and most positive feeling of being one hundred percent on your game. They have that virtue and they are doing it”.
In this way, the great scorer of FC Sochi this season in the Russian league with ten goals put his signature on a note that will surely be a plus for those who should be the leaders of the creative engine of the Ecuadorian team against the Netherlands: ” (Jhegson) Méndez got between the lines well, created many scoring options, helped his teammates in attack and defense. Moisés (Caicedo), as always, an all-terrain player, pressing on all the lines. To see them two (Méndez and Caicedo) is to see how the team is managed. I have always thought that it depends on how the two ‘5’ play, your team depends. And they both lived up to it.”