Every football lover would recall that the Costa Rica team surprised everyone in reaching the quarterfinals in the FIFA world cup 2014. Probably, therefore, can we expect a repeat performance at the FIFA World Cup 2018? Whether the efforts of a new coach Oscar Ramirez who has taken over will be fruitful? We need to wait and watch till June-July 2018 for the matches played in Russia. In all probabilities, the continuation of the strategy of 5-4-1 adopted by Pinto and followed by Ramirez would pay some dividends to the team.
How they qualified?
The death knell inflicted by the team on the USA is still fresh in the memory of the football fans. The team has drawn the attention of a majority of the football lovers when they finished the games with comfortable 4-0 and 2-0 against the USA. This emphatic win proves that no one can undermine the ability of a team who some critics brand as ‘ageing team’. The team has a lot of potential to compete.
There is no doubt that the star goalkeeper Keylor Navas backed up by Kevin Briceño and Leonel Moreira would enhance the credence of a team.
You can expect the Defenders such as Ian Smith, Oscar Duarte, Johnny Acosta. In addition, the able support of Francisco Calvo, Cristian Gamboa, Giancarlo Gonzalez would be the added advantage. Besides the above, you can also expect players like Kenner Gutierrez, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, and Kendall Waston on the field rendering stiff fight against the rival teams.
In the Midfield, you are likely to witness Wilmer Azofeifa, Celso Borges, Daniel Colindres in action. Besides them, probably David Guzman, Bryan Ruiz and Ulises Segura would be on the field with full force. Further, Yeltsin Tejeda, Rodney Wallace would be supporting squad. You might recall the crucial role played by Bryan Ruiz in ensuring that the squad reaches quarterfinals at Brazil during the FIFA 2014. In addition, the three-goal contribution by him during the qualifying match for ensuing world cup match scheduled in Russia during June-July 2018. In addition, the able contribution by Borges would be worth watching the game, which generates a lot of enthusiasm among the football lovers.
In the Forward department, Josue Mitchell and Tendrick Ruiz might be in action attempting to achieve the objective of the squad.
With all the support and contribution from the squad on the outfield, Costa Rica might struggle to ensure their entry into the ‘eight squad club’ unless they tap every opportunity to their advantage.