Past Form Not Important, Skills vs Brazil Key for Colombia Coach

The Colombian team has played formidable football in the FIFA World Cup so far. The side though faces its biggest challenge yet as it gets set to play Brazil in the quarterfinal.

Updated: July 04, 2014 09:42 IST
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James Rodriguez is key to Colombia's fortunes against Brazil.

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Fortaleza: Colombia coach Jose Pekerman believes his side's stunning form will count for little as they face hosts Brazil in their first ever World Cup quarter-final in Fortaleza on Friday. (Complete coverage)

Los Cafeteros are the competition's second highest scorers having won all four of their games to date, but Pekerman expects to encounter a very different test when they take on the five-time winners in front of their home crowd. (Also read: Top five reasons why Colombia can beat Brazil)

"For Colombia every game is a new challenge and a step up," said the Argentine on Thursday.

"Both Brazil and us cannot think about what has gone before.

"We need to play our own game as we have done up to now and try to impose our play on them. The key is not to believe there is a favourite."

Until now Colombia have also been able to count on a sizeable travelling support in their four games in Brazil and Pekerman acknowledged that they will have to try and quieten the crowd early on. (Suggested read: Neymar says sports psychologist helping Brazil players)

"It will be a new situation and we need to do survive it. It is normal and should without doubt be an important aspect in Brazil's favour to have their people behind them.

"We hope to get into the game quickly and do what we have done until now which is to develop our game on the field."

Defender Juan Camilo Zuniga added that the players felt a huge responsibility having reached last eight for the first time, but would still try to enjoy the experience.

"We know that it is going to be difficult. This class of game is the type you always learn from. It a great opportunity for us against a great opponent," said the Napoli defender.

"We have a huge responsibility and we will do our best."

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