Félix Sánchez Bas has not yet managed to “give a leap in quality” to the Tricolor as the president of the Ecuadorian Football Association offered when he represented the Spanish coach (Francisco Egas usually does not hit his predictions. For example, Jordi Cruyff was to make national football a “world power”, Gustavo Alfaro intended to renew after Qatar 2022, FEF to prevail against TAS and Swiss Federal Court in Byron Castillo case, Alfaro’s claim for lack of support failed to pay FIFA).

Félix Sánchez Bas: It’s hard to make so many people happy

Until today, with the Spaniard on the bench, the Tricolori play like Qatar while Sánchez Bas was the coach of the Asian team: nonsense. In five days, the coach did not repeat a single line-up in the qualifying tournament for the 2026 World Cup. But, apart from the poor level of play, the stingy, cautious style inside and outside the country, imposed by the Catalan, is particularly reflected in Ecuador’s offensive order.

Date 6 South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup calendar

In five rounds, since the double-header was played, in which the national team is in progress, it achieved the second worst offensive performance, compared to the seven previous world championships. The goal average is less than one per game, and the national attack is among the four worst in the Conmebol competition.

Date 6 South American qualifiers: this is how the order goes

Less than a goal per game

In South America, a head-to-head system was used to reach France 1998. Previously, the qualifying rounds were divided into groups and were not exceeded for each key date (except for the match against the United States in 1994, with two zones of five Conmebol teams, each with eight games played).

Under the leadership of the indifferent Sánchez Bas, the national team today has scored only four goals in five qualifying matches. That is, he does not score a goal for every game (his very poor average is 0.8 goals per game). He has three games in which he failed to convert, two of them in a row (a 0-0 draw with Colombia, in Quito, and Venezuela, in Maturín).

After disastrous attacks by Peru (who has yet to score), Paraguay (one) and Chile (just three), Ecuador share the fourth place with Bolivia as the team with the worst scoring performance in five days, with four goals in a game. date number above.

The shooter is not Enner

Only in a few matches did Sánchez Bas’ Tricolori score (2-1 against Uruguay, in Quito, and against Bolivia, in La Paz). Furthermore, Ecuador’s top scorer is the central defender, Félix Torres, with two goals (50% of the total offensive production). (D)

How have Ecuador fared in the first five games since the qualifiers met? These are the numbers.