COLOMBIA: Pekerman – ‘A great desire to go to World Cup’


Colombia’s Argentine coach Jose Pekerman, whose team thrashed Bolivia 5-0 in South American qualifying on Friday, said the love for the team and the desire to secure a spot to the World Cup in Brazil 2014 has been instrumental in players to go to achieve their objectives. 

“These players, not only as players but as people and professionals, have a great love for the team, a great desire to qualify for the World Cup,” Pekerman said at a press conference at the end of Friday’s match.

“Also as a team that has the capacity to resolve situations that conveys much union and has individuality they bring, they are in great condition, and they are linking excellent,” he added.  The Argentine strategist stressed the importance of winning the Bolivia qualifier. “It was important to get the result and the three points. It is also important that we continue to maintain that performance to make sure we are always aspiring to fight for a place in the World Cup” he said.

Pekerman acknowledged, however, that it is important to keep stability in the team, and all the players still have a chance of making the squad for Brazil 2014. “It is important to keep the same team, the same players, without much adjustment, because all countries and their players are hungry for a spot for the World Cup. If all our players are performing, why change?”.

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