Colombia won’t change game plan against Ecuador: Queiroz

Colombia manager Carlos Queiroz has vowed not to change the way his team plays following a 3-0 home defeat to Uruguay in their 2022 World Cup qualifier on Friday.

The comments came as the Cafeteros prepared for Tuesday’s qualifier against Ecuador, who have been buoyed by successive victories over Uruguay and Bolivia.

“We have our convictions like all great teams and all great teams have their game plans, their concepts,” Queiroz told journalists on Sunday ahead of the match in Ecuador’s capital Quito.

Queiroz has mostly used a 4-3-3 formation since he took over as Colombia head coach in February 2019. However the team’s lack of a cutting edge in attack has prompted calls for the Portuguese manager to start with another central striker alongside Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata.

With Radamel Falcao injured, such a task could fall to Rangers star Alfredo Morelos, who entered as a late substitute against Uruguay.

“We can lose a game, but what we can never lose are our convictions. We are going to make some necessary changes without altering the way we play,” Queiroz added.

Colombia are currently seventh in the 10-team South American zone standings with four points from their opening three qualifiers. Ecuador are third with six points.