Colombia will not put a man-marker on Argentina star Lionel Messi in Wednesday's Copa America encounter, after coach Hernan Dario Gomez affirmed such a tactic would only weaken his side's chances of taking three points away from the hosts.
Midfielder Carlos Sanchez is the only new inclusion for Colombia as they prepare for the clash against Argentina on Wednesday evening, as Gomez confirmed his starting 11 on the eve of the crucial Group B clash.
The Valenciennes player, 25, replaces Deportes Tolima's Gustavo Bolivar in the middle of the pitch in a team otherwise identical to that which struggled past Costa Rica 1-0 on Saturday. The trainer hopes that Sanchez can help balance a team with great strength in the midfield, but that lacks creativity in the final third.
Speaking in the conference where his team was confirmed, 'Bolillo' also stated that he had no intention to assign a man-marker on Lionel Messi, as such a decision made no sense.
"We would waste a lot of effort in trying to stop him and it would take us away from what we do best," explained Gomez, who in 1987 was part of the Colombian team that assigned a marker to Argentine legend Diego Maradona.
"I had a chat with my team about what we have to do better. If I start to watch Argentina and think about how to stop Messi, I am going to go crazy."
Confirmed Colombia Starting XI vs. Argentina (4-1-4-1): Martinez; Zuniga, Yepes, Perea, Armero; Sanchez; D. Moreno, Guarin, Aguilar, Ramos; Falcao.