Juan Guillermo Cuadrado pursues James Rodríguez’s record of assists in Europe | Colombians Abroad

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Despite the recent elimination of Juventus from the Champions League, Colombian side Juan Guillermo Cuadrado showed that he is at a high level despite having been absent for a few days due to injury. He returned and was a great protagonist in the Italian victory 3-2 against Porto, where he reported with an assist.

Although the Turin men were not enough to prevail in the series to advance to the quarterfinals, the Colombian left pleasant sensations and is already part of a list of “essentials” in the midst of a storm that was unleashed after the elimination. Several exits are coming, but the one in Cuadrado does not.

However, there is an interesting fact that he left the week that is about to end. Juan Guillermo reached 14 assists in the current season, the most recent was against Porto for the 2-1 set, so much that Federico Chiesa scored. Cuadrado was decisive with that pass goal and a couple more assists that did not end in a goal; he also crashed a shot off the post.

With this figure, the one born in Necoclí (Antioquia) is very close to reaching the record of James Rodríguez, who in his best season in Europe (2014/15) got 18 assists with the Real Madrid shirt, this adding up all the official competitions in Europe.

Cuadrado already surpassed his personal best since 2013/14 when he played for Fiorentina, where in addition to putting 11 assists he scored 15 goals. In the 2016/17 campaign he had 10 assists with Juve, a team he joined in 2015 after playing in the Premier League with Chelsea.

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According to the Transfermarkt record, the Colombian adds 14 assists in 27 games (for all competitions) and contributes with an assist every 149 minutes, on average, since he has been on the court for 2,088 minutes. The funny thing is that this is the first season in which he has not scored a goal since his arrival at Juventus. In 2017/18 he scored five and last season he reported with three.

The truth is that with the absence of James Rodríguez in Everton, who according to coach Carlo Ancelotti will return until April while he recovers from his physical discomfort, Cuadrado will have a good opportunity to continue improving his record and why not, surpass that of ’10 ‘. For now, this Sunday those from Turin will visit Cagliari for Serie A and the Colombian is part of those summoned by Andrea Pirlo. It will surely be the headline.

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