Belgium take on Colombia this evening in an international friendly that sees two of the world’s rising footballing forces going toe-to-toe in preparation for the World Cup in Brazil next summer. Both nations have flown up the World Rankings throughout 2013, which is understandable when you consider the wealth of talent coursing through each team.
Colombia have the likes of James Rodriguez, Jackson Martinez and Juan Cuadrado at their disposal - while Belgium have the pleasure of relying on the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen.
Colombia also have a very big star, one who loves scoring goals, in the form of Radamel Falcao up top.
The AS Monaco man moved to the principality for a grand fee of what is believed to have been about €60 million this summer from Atletico Madrid, and has picked up where he left off bagging nine goals in 13 appearances for the club.
Tonight he is in the squad to face Belgium, and you may have already seen him talking up one Chelsea player. Falcao played with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for two seasons in the Spanish capital and in that time he was convinced the stopper became the best goalkeeper in the world.
But he is not likely to go up against his pal, as Simon Mignolet is going to get a chance to impress boss Marc Wilmots this evening.
However Falcao will not consider that a blessing, as he knows Belgium certainly have talent all over the pitch that can do damage to his nation.
In particular in attacking midfield, from two Chelsea players.
Here is what he said about the game yesterday, when asked by reporters who the danger men were for the Belgian side:
‘’Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne. They can make a difference with one individual action.’’
Falcao is just full of praise for Chelsea players at the moment, and as rumours rumble on about an apparently quick-fire departure from Monaco it is interesting to note that Jose Mourinho will be in attendance tonight.
But we feel is far more likely to be watching his plethora of Belgian talent in action, and perhaps keeping one eye on Jackson Martinez, rather than anything sensational for Falcao.
But it does seem Falcao would love to play alongside these talented lads, rather than against them.
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