América de Cali was looking for the Super League title against Junior to arrive with high spirits at their match this Wednesday (5:15 pm) on the third date of Group E of the Copa Libertadores, against Internacional in Porto Alegre. He did not succeed and now he clings to his football memory to get a good result against the leader of the Brazilian Championship, who has 10 casualties due to injuries and sanctions.
The games with the ‘shark’ team have to serve to improve some aspects, such as slowness in defense, little generation of play and the depth that a team with aspirations must have to advance in the main tournament on the continent. It is evident that the lack of group training has weighed on and his adversary arrives with more rhythm, but the tightness of time forces them to seek solutions on the fly, hopefully taking advantage of the fact that in front there are substantial casualties such as that of the Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero .
From the outset, coach Juan Cruz Real will have a novelty in the starting line-up, the entry of Cristian Arrieta as a right back by Daniel Quiñones, who stayed in Cali. The other could be the presence of midfielder Rodrigo Ureña -who made a very good presentation in the game that the Reds beat 1-2 at Universidad Católica in Chile- by Carlos Sierra, who also did not contribute to Junior what he had been offering before the pandemic.
Ureña has shown that he likes to shoot from outside the area and when the conditions to string together ideas from the middle are not given, that is a good alternative to find the imbalance of the actions.
América hopes that experienced players will play an important role to lead the younger ones by the hand against a rival of scrolls, who in the local tournament has just lost 1-0 with Goiás.
John Arias, who received the responsibility of being a winger together with Duván Vergara, referred to the meeting this Wednesday: “The commitment will be complicated, we are aware that it will be a difficult game, Internacional is a team that plays well and he has been doing things well, but we want to get a good result, America always comes out to win ”.
As for the position he currently occupies, he said that “it is not at all strange for me, in Patriotas and in other teams I played there, I feel that I can do better, although I feel comfortable there, like when I have to play inside.”
Regarding the corrections to be made, he said that “Inter has great players, with some casualties, the game against Junior, more than all the return, left us lessons and things to correct, the team is psyched and we know that it served us a lot what happened here in Cali to be more focused. The team is very well physically, we have a good squad, with great players and the youngsters have good potential ”.
Regarding whether there is a lack of generation of play or completion of the plays, he explained that “the unpleasantness that remains and we are sorry is that against Junior we were superior, around there we had a little game pothole in which the team did not work as expected, but in the key we were far superior. Of course we know that there are things to correct and the same work and time will be coupled. We know that the Libertadores do not forgive you for those mistakes, those lapses of time where the team falls asleep; I feel that the team has been developing well, we are adapting to an idea that the teacher brings, I think we are on the right track, there we had several options against Junior that could be a goal, I believe in the group of professionals that America has ”.
América de Cali continues in the objective of having an area striker given the low effectiveness so far of Adrián Ramos and this Tuesday it became known that there are advanced dialogues with the Peruvian Aldaír Rodríguez, 26 years old, and who plays in Binacional.
The scarlets add 3 points and are third in the Copa Libertadores Group, 1 from Internacional and Gremio, which will visit the Catholic University this Wednesday (7:30 pm).
Stadium: Beira Río
Hour: 5:15 pm (Colombian time)
Referee: Facundo Tello (Argentina)
International: Marcelo Lomba; Renzo Zaravia, Zé Gabriel, Rodrigo Moledo, Uendel; Joao Lucas de Souza, Rodrigo Lindoso (Nonato), Boschilia (Andrés D’Alesandro); Patrick, Thiago Gallardo, Abel Hernández.
America from Cali: Éder Chaux; Cristian Arrieta, Marlon Torres, Juan Pablo Segovia, Edwin Velasco; Luis Alejandro Paz, Rafael Carrascal, Carlos José Sierra (Rodrigo Ureña), John Arias, Duván Vergara; Adrián Ramos.
D.T.: Juan Cruz Real.
As it is remembered, at the end of the classic ‘Gre-nal’ there was a strong discussion between both clubs that left several expelled, which added to the medical situations.
Those who saw the red card were: central defender Victor Cuesta, left-back Moisés, midfielder Edenilson (usually starters) and midfielder Bruno Praxedes, a young man who has been using Coudet.
Containment midfielder Rodrigo Dourado, playmaker Marcos Guilherme, as well as forwards Paolo Guerrero, Joao Peglow, Yuri Alberto and William Pottker are injured or in recovery.
Inter subtracted only Bruno Fuchs (central defender who went to CSKA Moscow; Natanael (left back), Roberto (central defender-went on loan to Paraná) and Carlos Eduardo (central defender-returned to Inter’s Under 20 team).
At the same time, he was reinforced with Argentine striker Leandro Fernández (former Independiente), also attacker Yuri Alberto (from Santos), Abel Hernández (free, former Al-Ahli from Qatar), Lucas Ribeiro (central marker former Hoffemhein from Germany ), Matheus Jussa (central marker, left winger, containment midfielder-former West of Brazil), and other youths who were promoted such as striker Leonardo Ferreira, goalkeeper Emerson, central defender Tiago Barbosa and left back Leo Borges.
Marco Antonio Garcés
Correspondent Futbolred Cali
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