He lost to Melgar in Peru and was coming off a tie with Newell’s. Tiredness? Higher demand? The height? It is time to make adjustments before the definition stage.
John Paul Brown
One day, or one night, Racing was going to lose and it lost. After 16 games undefeated, with an average of ten series victories -including Independiente-, the top of Argentine soccer, the two international victories, the classification in the Argentine Cup and many virtues, he liked Melgar in Peru. No extenuating.
He played wrong, he was badly stopped, he had no direction, he closed the first half with his best weapons: the attack as the only option, some flashes of Cardona as the starter and the leading role that characterizes him. But He didn’t play like he has in recent months, and he even wasted a penalty that wasn’t at Correa’s feet, having Cardona and Rojas to execute. Just as it happened in the 0-0 with Gymnastics of the initial date of the League Cup.
Racing may be tired: it’s because they play non-stop and there are players who don’t rotate much. He may allow himself to stumble: this year he had not lost. It may also be that the slight height and the state of the field have upset and/or surprised him. He may never give up on an idea, perhaps, at times, he genuinely exposes it. It may, finally, losing may be good for him, serve as a warning, place him in a certain reality, make him criticize himself, keep him alert, let him know that he has to be prepared for a hard road that is the one to come. The one with the definitions.
For Racing, the quarterfinals are approaching at the local level, the head-to-head series and three games to define their chance of first place for which will fight for the round of 16 of Sudamericana, where he will try to challenge, if he qualifies for said series, his great and enormous international debt.
The demand rose in level. And it is the responsibility of Gago and his Racing. Both produced security, a super attractive game, important victories, conviction, an aligned campus and now the stick has risen to fight for everything. May? Yes. Although a tie with Newell’s could appear along the way, which could have been a victory, and also a defeat, and a well-deserved fall in Arequipa. And the challenge is to reverse, “continue competing” as the DT said, sustain self-esteem and learn to play without Hauche, the leader who was injured and will be out for a month. It is not a detail, it is a sensitive and annoying drop.
Within the path to maturity, and evolution, defeats serve. Not in a row, obviously. And it is also useful to know how far and how long to choose with which players to face a determined competition (for two weeks) and one to resolve: the international one. Already classified at the local level, the Academy has, and must, and knows, and is obliged, to, at least, in two South American games, put the best of the best and manage resources with Banfield and San Lorenzo. That without losing confidence in the face of the possible adverse results of choosing a very alternative team within the 19 starters it has.
After Supercopa 88, came the semi-elimination of Libertadores 97, the group won in Mercosur 98 that was squandered on penalties with San Lorenzo, the group won in Libertadores 2003 that was squandered on penalties with América de Cali , the quarterfinals with Guaraní in 2015, the quarterfinals with Libertad in the Sudamericana 2017, and the incredible quarterfinals, due to inaction and omission, with Boca in La Bombonera in the Libertadores 2020. The aforementioned is the furthest he has come Racing in recent long times of consecutive international participation.
This great squad, very good team and enormous performances cannot afford not to win this South American group. It would only be understandable by reaching the concrete chance of consecration in the local tournament. If not, it will be very hard. This team deserves this demand and many others. Banfield and Cuiabá are coming in Brazil. You have to keep competing and win again. This team knows very well what it is about.
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