AtléticoFans writer Martin Rosenow, who lives in South Florida, attended José Pekerman’s press conference on Tuesday and will be in the press box for Colombia’s friendly versus Guatemala Wednesday night in Miami.
Atlético striker Radamel Falcao is currently in Miami with the Colombian national team for a friendly against Guatemala on Wednesday.
‘El Tigre’ recently recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him out of several games with los Rojiblancos, starting and playing for 80 minutes of the club’s 1-0 victory over Betis this past Sunday.
It wasn’t exactly the forward’s best outing in the red and white shirt. He was rarely involved, only managing to get two shots off, only one of them on target.
On Saturday, Diego Simeone voiced his displeasure about Falcao’s national team call-up, admitting that if he offered his opinion about it, it “wouldn’t be pretty”.
Colombia head coach José Pekerman, in a press conference at Sun Life Stadium — where Wednesday’s game will be held — claimed that his staff had been in constant contact with Atlético training and medical staff.
“We were aware of [Falcao’s injury],” Pekerman said when asked about the attacker’s fitness.
“We understand Atlético’s and their coach’s concern, but we suppose they understand what the national team is all about and that Colombia need to be able to rely on their players.”
The Argentine Pekerman continued: “I have a good relationship with Simeone. He has a team with aspirations and we suppose that he also understands what we want. I understand he played most of the game [with Atlético] on Sunday, he’s okay, and he was willing to come here.”
The former Argentina youth national team head coach implied that Falcao will appear in the starting line-up.
“We expect to have a base composed of starters,” he said.
Meanwhile, in the mixed zone, Falcao repeatedly made it clear he feels fully recovered from the knock he sustained against Levante.