It is very good news that Edwin cardona keep playing in Argentine soccer, now to Racing, and that Juan Fernando Quintero is about to return from China to start his second cycle in River. However, from some sectors the return of the talented but discontinuous Colombian hitches is criticized. It is claimed that they play in a position that is in disuse and without discussing their quality, that they lack the intensity, deployment and tactical sense that characterizes the best midfielders in the world.
However, both are capable of doing what very few do: based on their vision of the game and the certainty of their hitting, they are capable of putting a goal pass at any time during the matches, of changing a ball head-on. and put it on the chest or on the foot of any teammate and nail a shot at an angle from medium or long distance. When everyone runs and collides, Cardona and Quintero think and they solve from technique and talent. Many times in the best way. But it is not always enough.
Because it is also true that When the muses of inspiration do not accompany them, the two Colombians seem to ignore the game. As if the game passed them too far and they were not willing to make any effort to catch up. That expressionlessness has played against both of them. In fact, Cardona was not the undisputed starter with any of the technicians who directed him in Boca and more than once it was the first change for the twins Barros Schelotto, Miguel Angel Russo and Sebastian Battaglia, who demanded efforts that never appeared in his personal catalog.
Quintero did not finish winning the confidence of Marcelo Gallardo in River either. “Juanfer” solved complicated games like the 2018 Madrid final with pure quality and Gallardo settled for that: with half an hour at the most at high level. But in general, his ups and downs took priority from the consideration of the coach who, while recognizing his quality, does not seem willing to immolate himself in defense of his conditions. And it will give it the same place it had between 2018 and 2019.
Ejected from Boca for some unprofessional behavior off the playing fields, Cardona comes to Racing to contribute to the team that Fernando Gago now leads what he has been missing for a long time: generation of midfield play onwards. You will need good interpreters and the support of the technician so as not to be diluted in the insignificance. For its part, Quintero returns to River to bring the touch of distinction and good taste that he gave him in his previous stage. Beyond their flashing lights, the Colombians are two great players, Each with its own style. For those of us who vibrate with well-thought-out and well-played football, seeing them again on the Argentine pitches is very good news. Although there are many who think the opposite.