Ecuador fans celebrating in the streets.  Photo: Rodrigo BUENDIA / AFP)

After three minutes the semi-automatic offside made its debut and the coach took it sarcastically: “The players are going to have to cut their nails”

Gustavo Alfaro is a luxury speaker. It is hardly necessary to ask him questions after his Ecuador’s 2-0 against Qatar. The definitions of it anticipate the needs of journalists. For example, the title that he gives us: “We are calm because we won, but not satisfied.” An exact definition of the debut with a victory that in goal difference, according to how the game took place, sounds scarce.

The Argentine coach began by saying: “It was a very good victory, because all World Cup matches are complicated, but the first one is that he carries more pressure. You don’t know for sure how the players can perform in these conditions until they play We must not forget that this is the youngest team from Ecuador to qualify for a World Cup”.

Then he sentenced: “It is an important step but not decisive.” As for the team’s production, he explained: “We knew about the complications that a debut has, but what we couldn’t negotiate was our attitude and we didn’t do that.”

“It is true that we have little flavor left, because of how the game took place. I think we lacked more of that punch of definition when counterattack situations are generated,” he added.




Ecuador fans celebrating in the streets. Photo: Rodrigo BUENDIA / AFP)

When they consulted him about the disallowed goal after three minutes, he said: “The guys on the bench asked me and I said ‘there’s nothing’. Later they told me that they saw the play five times and they didn’t find anything either. With this new methodology of VAR shows that the players are going to have to cut their nails…”

Regarding the future of Ecuador in the group, Alfaro pointed out that “a team that has pretensions has to be more precise to take advantage of goal situations. The Netherlands is going to grant us two attacks in the whole match, one has to be a goal“.

The Argentine coach emphasized the youth of the team (“the immense future that Ecuador can have”) and clarified: “Even for the coach it was also the debut in a World Cup and we had the responsibility. I told the boys It was a day full of emotions, with our families on the field, a country waiting for the game, the anthem… But I also told them that the emotions had to be before and after, because there was a game in between and they had to earn it”.

“We are calm because we won, but not satisfied. We do not have to be confused, we are in a construction period. I told the boys that what we did in the Qualifiers here is not enough,” he reflected. “We still have many things to correct. At halftime I asked them if they were satisfied and they said no,” completed the Argentine coach who will face the Netherlands on Friday, after making comparisons with the Roman gladiators and the Spartans.

It is said: a luxury speaker.

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