The winger believes the Elephants deserve respect, saying they are a great side with world-class players, while he has also highlighted the importance of James Rodriguez
Despite being full of confidence after their 3-0 win over Greece in their opening World Cup game, the winger, who plays his club football for Fiorentina, believes the Elephants will be tough opponents.
The 26-year-old considers the African team a great side and is wary of their experience and players who, according to Cuadrado, deserve a lot of respect.
"In my view they are one of the forces to be reckoned with at this World Cup," Cuadrado told Fifa’s official website.
"They have a wealth of experience and world-class players such as [Didier] Drogba, Yaya Toure and Gervinho, to name but a few. They are star names and key players for their clubs and give the team that extra edge.
“We know we have to show them a lot of respect, because they're a great side."
In the 3-0 win over Greece, midfielder James Rodriguez was a stand-out player and Cuadrado was full of praise for the 22-year-old following a spirited performance in which he scored a late goal to round off the victory.
"When Rodriguez is on the pitch, it makes everything easier,” he continued. “He's a great playmaker. Every time he gets on the ball, the rest of us try to offer him different options.