Cristian Medina and Exequiel Zeballos are on DT’s agenda. What can they contribute to the team?
The soccer trials that Boca developed against Argentinos Juniors left several points of analysis for Miguel Ángel Russo. The movements of the substitute archers (Agustín Rossi and Javier García) in the absence of Andrada; the return of Wanchope Ábila after his muscular injury; the goal of Soldano; Cardona’s new position (moving as liaison); and even the good presentation of Gaston Avila in the central rear. And in the middle of all that, there was two surnames that the DT wrote down. And that will continue to be closely watched in future trials. Who are they?
It’s about two juveniles trained in the Lower Levels, and that in the return to training after the pandemic they were recommended by Sebastián Battaglia, DT of the Reserve, to add them to training with Tevez and company.
Both made the list of 40 in the Copa Libertadores and now, with the stoppage due to Qualifying, they will have their place in the friendlies. The first signs they showed were positive.
One is Cristian Medina, who occupied a place where the lack of Campuzano (cited by the Colombian National Team) and Ivan Marcone (emigrated to Elche) suggested a search for replacements.
The boy from Moreno showed qualities to adapt: he was born hook and became a double five of technique. Something that Russo liked and that went through the supervision of a coaching staff full of former central midfielders in addition to the DT, because they support him Leandro somoza, Mariano Herrón and behind them, Battaglia.
Can Medina be an alternative in the heart of the midfield? Ahead of him are Campuzano and Nicolas Capaldo, but his good moves earned him a place to a relegated Agustin Almendra, who was not yet active in the Russo cycle. At the age of 19, Medina exhibited before Argentines that he can not only play and be a quick exit for the team: he also scratches if necessary.
The other youth Russo wanted to see in action was Exequiel Zeballos, who in Pablo Aimar’s U-17 had already left more than one with his mouth open. Dexterous, skillful, the kid from Santiago del Estero played for the headlines in the friendly against those from La Paternal. In addition to being up to the task, the DT gave him precise indications so that he could position himself on the blind side that the team had after the situation of Sebastián Villa: on the left.
Charming, fast and with a goal (already in Saturday’s practice he had been a friend of the network and that is why the coach decided to use it), Zeballos (also category 2002) is one of the great promises that the club’s Inferiors have and now the coaching staff will seek to insert him among the greatest, to keep him in mind as one more replacement option in an overpopulated attack of surnames but without so many certainties.
The careful look at these two kids responds to qualities that already surprised more than one in the privacy of the coaching staff. But there is also attention on the juveniles Aaron Molinas, Renzo Giampaoli, Alan Varela and Agustín Sández, others who are taking advantage of this exceptional situation of daily friction with the first team.
Boca will play friendlies against Tigre on Saturday, against Arsenal next Wednesday and another against Rio IV students In order not to lose the rhythm of the competition, waiting for the match that closes the group stage of the Copa Libertadores, against Caracas, on October 22, with Russo’s team already classified in the eighth and with the first place in the area assured.