April 24, 2014
SOCCER - INITIAL TOURNAMENTFriday, December 13, 2013
San Lorenzo’s Pizzi feels confident
‘We have the necessary authority to become champions’
Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi feels confident ahead of San Lorenzo’s match against Vélez Sarsfield that could give them the Initial Tournament title. He repeated the same team for two days in a row in the practice session.
San Lorenzo coach Juan Antonio Pizzi trained with the same team with his mind on Sunday’s match against Vélez Sarsfield for the last round of the Initial Tournament and feels that they have the “necessary authority to become champions.”
“All of us (the trams) have got enough points to fight for the title. We’ve had great performances in different periods of the season and, because of that, we think we have the necessary authority to become champions,” said Pizzi in a press conference yesterday.
He did not confirm the first team for Sunday’s clash, but used the same players in the practice session for the second time in a row. Mauro Cetto took captain Pablo Alvarado’s place in defence, Néstor Ortigoza replaced Enzo Kalinski in the midfield and Alan Ruiz played for Héctor Villalba in the attack.
Cetto will have a place in the first team as Alvarado was sent off last weekend against Estudiantes de La Plata. Pizzi chose Ortigoza to play alongside Juan Mercier, with who he made a fantastic duo in the Argentinos Juniors’ team that won the Clausura Tournament 2010.
Ruiz, who normally acts as a playmaker in the midfield, will play alone in the attack as the coach thinks he knows how to protect the ball and shot from long and short range.
The team that will face Vélez will be: Sebastián Torrico; Julio Buffarini, Cetto, Santiago Gentiletti, Walter Kannemann; Ortigoza, Mercier; Leandro Romagnoli, Ángel Correa, Ignacio Piatti; and Ruiz.
San Lorenzo will visit Vélez at the José Amalfitani stadium at 6pm, while Newell’s Old Boys will host South American Cup champion Lanús at the same time. The four teams have a chance to win the Initial Tournament title. San Lorenzo leads the standings with 32 points, while Vélez, Newell’s and Lanús are all second with 30.
Also yesterday, there was a little scare for Vélez in the training session. Former Villarreal midfielder Héctor Canteros left the field with knee pain. However, he was able to turn to the match after the doctors took care of him.
Although Canteros has not been part of the first team during the last few practices, he is one of the main candidates to enter in the second half.
Ricardo Gareca’s side to face San Lorenzo will be: Sebastián Sosa; Fabián Cubero, Fernando Tobio, Sebastián Domínguez, Emiliano Papa; Agustín Allione, Leandro Desábato, Lucas Romero, Federico Insúa; Ramiro Cáseres and Lucas Pratto.
Herald with agencies