Falcao drought not his fault – Valderrama

Date published: Thursday 25th June 2015 9:56

Colombia have scored only one goal in three games at the Copa America so far – and that came courtesy of centre-back Jeison Murillo.

Valderrama, however, insists Falcao, Bacca and Atletico Madrid-bound Jackson Martinez, are not to blame for the team’s lack of goals.

He told El Espectador: “The strikers have not received any good passes or clear opportunities, and we criticize them.

“As fans we know that people are not pleased because we are not playing well, but we should be happy because we moved on to the next round and we have given ourselves a fighting chance to win the title.

“Falcao is not the problem. How many clear opportunities at goal, how many one-on-one chances against a goalkeeper, did Teo (Teófilo Gutiérrez) and Falcao have? Not one. Neither Jackson (Jackson Martínez) nor Bacca (Carlos Bacca).”

Falcao is expected to complete a move to Stamford Bridge after finishing his duties with Colombia, while Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre is reportedly in Chile for talks with Bacca’s agent, although the striker is also a target for Roma and has been linked with Manchester United.

Colombia continue their Copa America campaign against Argentina on Saturday, with Falcao’s place in the starting line-up reportedly under threat.

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