James Rodríguez published in the last few hours a photo of him during one of the last training sessions with the Colombian team. The smile that he shows on his face is a reflection of the illusion that he has always been born wearing the “tricolor” shirt. However, Now Claroscuro can have that feeling because the team led by Reinaldo Rueda is practically eliminated from the final of the World Cup in Qatar, and James comes from several games without playing for his club, Al Rayyan from Qatar.
Specifically, Jorge Valdano, world champion with Argentina in 1986, former manager of Real Madrid and writer, spoke about the complex situation that the Colombian “10” is experiencing.
His judgment seems correct: James Rodríguez lives the “football decadence” in Qatar.
(Be sure to read: Colombia National Team: Qualification calculations for the Qatar World Cup).
James Rodríguez, in the eyes of Valdano
“It gives the feeling that James Rodríguez was going down some stairs. He had a great opportunity to rise to the top at a young age, thanks to the World Cup in Brazil, which made him among the best players in the world. He then arrived at Real Madrid at a time when the club was in a fantastic competitive position. “He has done very well his first year, and little by little he has gone,” Valdano said initially, this Tuesday, in an interview with Radio Blu.
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Minutes later, the Real Madrid General Director of Sports chose to talk about the moment that James Rodríguez is going through after his departure from the “big” leagues in the world.
“We have to realize that arriving in Qatar at such a young age heralds the decline of football for the player. I don’t know how to explain why he is so talented…”he added.
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On the role of James Rodríguez in the Colombian team, Valdano was optimistic. When asked about the contribution that the “ten” could make to Rueda’s team, he said: “He will definitely help the team. It is imaginative, technical and unbalanced. What happens is that the touch of the first competitive level helps a lot in the development of a player; it is very difficult to find him in a league like Qatar, that is an unquestionable reality”.
“Playing in La Liga or in the Premier League, where every game has a challenge, is different from Qatar, where the pressure and the demand are lower.” Valdano concluded.
James Rodríguez can start in the match between Colombia and. Bolivia, Thursday, 6:30 p.m., penultimate date of the Qatar World Cup qualifiers.