Colombia Copa America 2016 predicted Lineup: Probable Starting 11 for Los Cafeteros
We attempt to predict who the key men will be for the Colombian team
Colombia are no doubt one of the dark horses of the tournament. On their day, they can upset even the mightiest of opponents. They came agonizingly close to defeating rivals Argentina in the quarter-finals last time out in 2015 but lost out on penalties.
Colombia have the right balance of stars and hard workers. The world took notice of their potential in the World Cup when they reached the quarter-final stage in 2014. Radamel Falcao and Jackson Martinez two of their better-known strikers were not included this time.
Here is their full 23 man squad:
Goalkeepers: Cristian Bonilla (Atletico Nacional), David Ospina (Arsenal), Robinson Zapata (Santa Fe)
Defenders: Felipe Aguilar (Atletico Nacional), Santiago Arias (PSV), Farid Diaz (Atletico Nacional), Frank Fabra (Boca Juniors), Stefan Medina (Pachuca), Jeison Murillo (Inter Milan), Yerry Mina (Santa Fe), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan)
Midfielders: Edwin Cardona (Monterrey), Guillermo Celis (Junior), Juan Cuadrado (Juventus), Sebastian Perez (Atletico Nacional), Andres Felipe Roa (Deportivo Cali), James Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa), Daniel Torres (Independiente Medellin)
Forwards: Carlos Bacca (AC Milan), Roger Martinez (Racing Club), Carlos Moreno (Atletico Nacional), Dayro Moreno (Club Tijuana)
With that in mind, we will try and analyze who will most likely feature for coach José Pékerman in the starting XI and the formation he is most likely to use.
Goalkeeper – David Ospina
Granted David Ospina hasn’t played nearly the amount of football he would have liked to in the past 12 months but he still remains favorite to start for his home nation. Ospina is still preferred to Bonilla and Zapata by Pekerman which is evident looking at Colombia’s last few games.
There was a period of time in the 2015/16 season when he was called upon after Arsenal’s first choice Petr Cech was ruled out through injury. He featured in 4 games in the Premier League and 12 games in other competitions.
Ospina kept 2 clean sheets in the league and on an average made 3.75 saves per game this season. He made several crucial saves as well when Arsenal were in a rut to ensure they did not drop more points than they did.