Cuadrado Learns from Cristiano

Cuadrado learns from Ronaldo

Juan Cuadrado “learns something new every day” from Juventus teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and has no doubts over his future.

The Colombia international sat down with Spanish paper Marca to discuss his career path and experience in Turin, particularly with his new teammate.

Everyone knows how professional Cristiano Ronaldo is. He’s a very special person with a great heart. I learn something new from him every day.

We must all have his hunger to win and to achieve his objectives. He’s a great athlete as well as a great player and everything he’s won is the fruits of his labour.”

With CR7 in the side, Juve have become one of the favourites to win the Champions League.

We have a great squad, but must remain calm, because there is so much competition,” continued Cuadrado.

We’ll keep our feet on the ground, work hard and put ourselves into the hands of God. We work to go as far as possible and battle on all fronts.

(Massimiliano) Allegri asks me to always be ready at any moment and in any role. I will always give my best for the team. Everyone knows my characteristics, as I always played on the right and that is my preferred position, but I’ll play wherever they put me and try to give my all.

I am very happy in Turin. I’ve been in Italy for many years now and am settled. I’m even accustomed to the cold in Turin, even if it doesn’t get really bad until December.

I am happy to be at Juventus and we should reach March still in contention for all our objectives. That is what we’ve set ourselves and what we want to achieve.

Then there’s the Copa America, a great chance for me to achieve something with Colombia too.”

 

International Friendly roundup: Richarlison on fire on his debut for Brazil, as Argentina and Colombia drew

Everton forward Richarlison was on fire as he scored a brace on his first start for Brazil as they beat El Salvador 5-0 at FedExField in Maryland. The 21-year-old won a penalty in the second minute, which was scored by Neymar for his 59th Brazil goal.

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Richarlison doubled the lead with a curling strike, before Philippe Coutinho added a third. Richarlison swept home his second in the 50th minute, with Marquinhos heading home a fifth late on. Victory was Brazil’s second in succession as they rebuild after exiting the World Cup at the quarter-final stage with defeat by Belgium.

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Richarlison, who made his debut as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 win over the USA, has scored three Premier League goals this season after moving to Everton in the summer in a £50m deal.

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Elsewhere, Argentina – who were without Barcelona forward Lionel Messi – drew 0-0 with Colombia in New Jersey. Both sides had stand-in coaches for the game, with Argentina yet to replace Jorge Sampaoli, and Jose Pekerman having resigned as Colombia boss.

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A second-half goal from 19-year old New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adam gave the USA a 1-0 win against 10-man Mexico in Nashville.

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Four minutes before Adam’s winner – his first international goal – Angel Zaldivar was shown a red card for a two-footed challenge on US captain Wil Trapp.

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Jose Pekerman steps aside as Colombia coach

One of the longest serving South America side Columbian coach Jose Pekerman has left his job as Columbia national team coach after letting his contract run out without extending it.

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Jose Pekerman’s deal ended last Friday, and the Argentine’s decision not to extend the contract was confirmed by Colombia Football Federation president Ramon Jesurun on Tuesday.

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Arturo Reyes was appointed as interim coach for friendlies on Friday against Venezuela then on Tuesday against Argentina. Both games are in the United States.

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Pekerman led Colombia to their first World Cup in 16 years, in 2014 in Brazil, and the team reached the quarterfinals.

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He qualified Colombia again for the World Cup in Russia, where they were knocked out in the round of 16 by England in a penalty shootout.

Jesurun said last week he hoped the 69-year-old Pekerman would lead the team’s effort to qualify for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

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“My Colombian daughter must be sad, but I leave with happiness for having people’s support,” Pekerman said after meeting with the federation.

“There has been a lot of damage to Colombia with all these rumors and conjectures. I said it when I arrived, we need to work together, support the national team to achieve great things.

“There is a hard path that has been walked and we need to keep up the great work.”

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Pekerman had a 43-18-17 record with Colombia in all competitions and his 78 matches as head coach are the second most in the country’s national team history