The technical director Hernán Darío Gómez recognizes that there are “contras and critics” to his second stage with the Ecuadorian soccer team. The Colombian speaks of “a path of roses and thorns” that he must travel to classify Ecuador to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar; however, he assures that those same obstacles are those that strengthen his work.
“I feel more prepared, more technical, and stronger for the contras,” said Gomez yesterday, in a conversation at the Casa de la Selección.
To say about Bolillo, his stage under the command of the selected of Panama, which led to the 2018 World Cup Russia, was his best preparation to take over for the second time the command of the Tricolor.
“There I worked hard for each match, putting together different lineups because there was not much to choose from. Then I got stronger there, and I became stronger in the World Cup because you had to work more. That’s why I came to Ecuador, because I feel stronger, “he said.
The coffee grower speaks of “confronting” the opposition for his arrival, also of “putting up brave things”, but everything will be for the affection he claims to have for Ecuador. “For no one else, because it got into my head that we have to go to the World Cup, because of the dream of the country,” he said.
The first steps towards the goal are friendly agreements with Jamaica and Uruguay in September, then Qatar in October. They are “games spoken with me,” said the coach in response to criticism for not seeking other rivals. It was when he spoke of having “lost humility”. The strategist recalled that “Ecuador is not a power, it is not better than anyone, less now that it was not even at the World Cup”. Then, he said, “it is not easy for Ecuador to face Belgium or England; those games are played between them, and they want Brazil or Argentina, because they look for each other, “he said.
‘Open the umbrella’
Bolillo insisted that winning the Copa América in 2019 is not a priority and that with that tournament he will plan the path to Qatar.
“Here we talk as if we were stabilized in the elite of football, but now we are below zero for not going to the World Cup. No technician likes to lose, and they will say that I open the umbrella when I say that the Cup if we can win it, we won it, but the tournament will be used to prepare the tie by 2022, “said Gómez. (D)
In September, Hernán Darío Gómez will have his first tests with the Tri: the 7th against Jamaica and the 11th with Uruguay in the United States. On October 12 will measure Qatar.
“It got into my head that we have to go to Qatar World Cup, I cannot disappoint, it’s the dream of the country. I endured brave things, and I will endure everything (criticism) for the country’s affection, for no one else.” . (I)Hernán Darío Gómez, Ecuador coach