Luis Fernando Suárez llegaría a grupo más difícil, E, del Mundial de Qatar 2022 | Mundial Qatar

Luis Fernando Suárez llegaría a grupo más difícil, E, del Mundial de Qatar 2022 | Mundial Qatar

While Colombians continue to mourn the elimination from the World Cup in Qatar, there is one who does not resign, who will fight in the playoffs to get into the ‘group of death’ of the tournament. Are you sure it’s a prize?

Luis Fernando Suárez has done what many in Costa Rica considered almost improbable when he arrived: play a World Cup again and with a challenge that they already overcame in 2014, when they were leaders of the most difficult area of ​​the tournament in Brazil, achieving their best historical figuration.

Suárez was eliminated in the Gold Cup quarterfinals against Panama and only had six points in his first seven games. But later he found the key, leaned on the veterans, promoted new figures and got 19 points out of the last 21 to get into the fight to go to Qatar.

Now what is coming for him is a playoff against New Zealand, which is expected to be just as difficult, as they are very different styles of play and important differences in terms of physical demands.

“This week we will meet with the Federation to define the work plan. We hope to have more training, which has been the key to what we have achieved so far, and prepare for that match against New Zealand,” he said from Qatar.

And it is that the Colombian was there, pending what awaits him if he manages to overcome the hurdle of the repechage. Nothing less than group E, made up of Spain, Germany and Japan, the first two world champions and candidates for the title at the end of the year, and the eastern side, a rival that, among other things, defeated Colombia in its debut at Russia 2018.

“It’s the most complicated group is ours,” said the Colombian coach with a laugh. “It’s good to play,” he added. Okay? If Costa Ricans have learned anything, it is to motivate themselves with the ‘groups of death’. For now that vital duel will be against New Zealand. Later, as a reward, the worst will come.