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Los Angeles, CA | Nov 12 | Kelly Landaverde – @Kel_landaverde
Atletico will play against the team who has scared them several times. After the victory against Junior, Tolima now focuses on the most striking game in the semifinals. Tolima led by head coach Alberto Gamero arrive undefeated, eight games without losing. The central defender, Julián Quiñones completed five yellow cards in the game against Junior. However, he is enabled by the presence of Bernaldo Manzano in the National team of Venezuela. On the other hand, Carlos Robles who is the man with the greatest regularity and balance in the recovery zone, returns after paying the penalty.
Regarding the game against Nacional, coach Alberto Gamero said “Nacional is a team that must face different variants around what the Osorio professor proposed, because he can leave you with four defenders and subtract men in attack, or play with three defenses and add units in offensive phase, we must seek duels and be strong in creation, using the extremes a lot. ”
Nacional learned from the mistakes that were made throughout the “all against all” phase, and in this away game in the Manuel Murillo Toro stadium, they will seek to be a reliable team that prevails in all the fields. Osorio presented three novelties in the list of the 20 players that were convocated for this game. If they win the advantage will be stretched in this group.
Andrés Reyes and Juan Pablo Ramírez will miss this game, as well as Sunday’s too against Junior at the Atanasio, as they are in the U23 team. Instead, Cristian Moya and Juan David Cabal were called for that game. Aldair Quintana is already with the Colombian National Team of Seniors, and Sebastián Guerra would be summoned instead.
“It seems to me that all games are very important, this being the next one, contains a special drama. But as in all duels against Tolima they will be very even, we will face them at home to the most athletic team of Colombian football. But let’s face it, play as equals, we hope we can make a great game, “said coach Juan Carlos Osorio.
” Professor (Alberto) Gamero is a great strategist, he always has a very competitive team. We have been preparing the game since last week, I hope that Nacional is up to the task and that it is a great football game, ”Osorio added.
Nacional and Tolima have faced each other 225 times, 98 wins for the Antioqueños against 65 of the ‘pijaos’ and 62 draws. In goals scored, 336 were green against 276 of the Tolimans. Hugo Horacio Lóndero with 11 goals, is the top gunner in these duels.
The last triumph of Nacional in Ibagué, was on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, for the first leg of the I-2018 League final, where the ‘Verdolagas’ exceeded 0-1, with Dayro Moreno’s goal.