El Lechuga, ex-DT of Xeneize, referred to the present of the coach, who is on the tightrope. He also recalled his time at the club and spoke of Ecuador’s present facing the World Cup and the Argentine National Team.
Gustavo Alfaro, current technical director of the Ecuador National Team, with whom he made history achieving the classification to the Qatar World Cup 2022, where he will integrate Group A together with Qatar, Senegal and the Netherlands. Before assuming in the Tri, Lechuga was coach of Boca during 2019 and this Thursday it passed through the screen of TyC Sports and analyzed the present of Sebastián Battaglia and the doubts about its continuity.
“Many times we coaches are subjected to this type of circumstance because the demand is always through the results. Obviously, the higher you are, the level of exposure and demand is greater, as is the case with Boca. Sebastián (Battaglia) knows it better than anyone, he knows the feeling of the fan, the player’s thoughts, the experience of a locker room, the corridor rumors and what is generated around Boca “, declared in an interview with TyC Sports. “He is going through a question of results, or performance. It seems to me that the difficulty is where you measure what the coach is made of. The easy driving when things go smoothly, on firm ground, where everything is spread in a positive way. The true profile of a coach is seen in the difficulty. I would try to turn off the radio, that the rumors from outside do not reach you, otherwise one begins to be crossed”, added.
On the other hand, he continued on the continuity of the coach. “Sebastián stated that he wants to stay, nobody ever wants to leave Boca. Months ago he was the ideal coach, then he beat Estudiantes and River, but suddenly he had to lose some games and everything was called into question. For me, Boca is not going to have any problems qualifying for the local tournament. It is clear that Boca’s obsession is the Copa Libertadores, they won at home and with 10 points you qualify, in the round of 16 it is Boca and any team that faces it knows that it faces Boca. I do not see a crisis of results. The ones that were desired were not removed, but that does not invalidate that it can be done in what is to come,” assured. “The player always measures what our response is, in the same way that we measure them on how they respond to certain stimuli, what they are like when they win, when they lose, and that is where one chooses, and it is important that the message is clear inside. When the rumors start to settle, managers have to play positive. You have to focus and play for the players. The important thing, more than what happens outside, is what happens inside. If I have the support and the players are aligned, I can have the world against it, it doesn’t matter.”complete.
Gustavo Alfaro on his passing and his departure from Boca
“When I took on Boca, there were difficult political times, not only taking on the squad that I had lost in Madrid. At one point, Burdisso told me that he wanted to renew me, but it was not the time because there were elections. If Angelici did not win, he would not have continued as a matter of loyalty to those who brought me”, Gustavo Alfaro expressed in an interview with TyC Sports. “One had the peace of mind in Boca that the process was going to end and that the analyzes were done at the end. That is what a player always wants, because it may be that in a curve I skid but that does not invalidate that I can win the race “, he added.
Gustavo Alfaro, Ecuador and the dream in the World Cup in Qatar
“Boca puts that competitive stress in your blood that is very difficult to get rid of. It can happen that one later wants to be in a quieter place, without that permanent exposure, but it can also happen that it generates that challenge of wanting to continue having that adrenaline. We were left with that little flavor, of a job halfway through, so I wanted a challenge related to that type of demands, that’s why when the Ecuador thing came up I said yes, it was the chance to fight for a World Cup qualification “, Gustavo Alfaro told TyC Sports. “It is the biggest challenge of my life. There is nothing else that generates more adrenaline than wanting to make the best World Cup in the history of Ecuador. If someone calls me now to work, I would not attend to anyone. My daughters claim that I promised them that I would retire at 60, I am 59 and I will fulfill them in August. I told them to let me enjoy the World Cup and then we’ll see.”, hill.
The chances of the Argentine National Team, according to Gustavo Alfaro
“For me, the Argentine National Team is the one that best reaches the World Cup in the last 20 years. He started playing in one way and was changing. It is a team that has always made possession of the ball their way of seeing the game, but had not incorporated the pressure in the high blocks. Modified the structure of the midfield, raised a midfield with three midfielders with a back and forth winger, a nine and Messi, in addition to players like Paredes and De Paul with 85% efficiency of touches forward. Added to the defensive blocks that he began to defend high. Today I see in Argentina and Brazil with European ways of playing and with South American talent, they are close to the other candidates that for me are Belgium, Spain, France and England”, concluded.
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