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WORLD CUP 2014: Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda aims to play 7 games at World Cup in Brazil

Reinaldo Rueda couldn't control the tears when Ecuador striker Christian Benitez died suddenly from a heart problem last July.At the time, Rueda said Benitez was "irreplaceable" and dedicated World Cup qualification to him.But while Rueda lamented the loss, the Colombian coach has come to believe that Ecuador can go to the latter stages of the World Cup, even without Benitez. And he is preparing to do just that."Like I always tell the players, I want to play seven games," Rueda said. "That is what I want at the World Cup."Seven games, of course, would mean that Ecuador at least reaches the semifinals.Rueda has experience at the World Cup after steering Honduras to its first tournament in 28 years in 2010. For that feat he received honorary citizenship from the Central American nation, despite the fact that Honduras did not win a match four years ago in South Africa.Rueda restructured Honduran football at the grassroots level during his time in charge between 2007 and 2010. Some of the ...

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