Colombia manager Jose Pekerman has criticised Chelsea for not providing Radamel Falcao with the continuity he needs to rediscover his best form. After failing to secure a permanent move to Manchester United at the end of last season, Falcao's woes have continued at Stamford Bridge this term, where he has been limited to just two starts. The 28-year-old has made a further six appearances off the bench, scoring once.
Despite his poor club form, the striker remains integral to the Colombia national team, with manager Pekerman confident the player can still return to his lethal best.
"Falcao is coming to play 90 minutes after a lot of time at his club having few opportunities, 15 or 20 minutes, in games that are in development; and that's cost him, not having continuity," Pekerman said ahead of Colombia's clash with Peru on Thursday, The Independent reports. "We all know his capabilities, and I see he still has the will to fight, to reverse the situation, with that spirit of wanting to reach his best performance and we have expectations.
"We need that rebellion and that ability to want to fight, and if so we have hope he recovers his best form and we can take it into account. We always have the hope that he rediscovers his confidence. He always deserves to be called up."
Falcao and Chelsea have endured a miserable start to the season, where the club have lost four of their opening eight Premier League games. Earlier this week, manager Jose Mourinho was handed the dreaded 'vote of confidence' by the board having shouldered his share of the blame for the poor run of form, but Falcao believes it is only a matter of time before the Portuguese coach turns things around.
"Mourinho's a great coach. He is ambitious and a winner," said Falcao. "He has great skills to train us but results have not helped us. We have the quality and skills to change this and reverse the situation. I'm still fully motivated. My moment will come. I'm fine, I'm improving and increasingly I feel better."