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Pekerman undecided on team selection for Brazil match

04/07/2014 from:SNTV


Colombia trained at the Estadio Castelao and Jose Pekerman and Cristian Zapata spoke to the media on Thursday (3 July) ahead of their World Cup quarter-final against Brazil.


SOUNDBITE (Spanish): Jose Pekerman, Colombia head coach:

"Tomorrow we will finish our evaluation of the players (to decide) who will be on the pitch. But whoever they are, we will keep the same spirit the team has showed so far: we will play up the pitch, but will be a balanced team while still being a team that can score."

SOUNDBITE (Spanish): Jose Pekerman, Colombia head coach:

"Brazil have won five World Cups, the most in history. All soccer players admire Brazil; its people, players, coaches; their philosophy they've always had regarding soccer and playing style. (It is) a style we have all tried to learn and that we love, so being able to play against Brazil, the players are just happy to be able to play this match and we are too."

SOUNDBITE (Spanish): Cristian Zapata, Colombia defender (on the influence of Pekerman):

"My opinion is that he has helped us to go out on the pitch in any stadium and play whoever, without being afraid to look them eye to eye. We showed that in the qualifying rounds. He has helped us to believe in ourselves, to believe that we were good, to see our qualities. He has put in our heads the belief, we are Colombians and Colombian players play and have fun on the pitch, not under pressure but to go out and enjoy the match."

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