The coach highlighted what his players did during the group stage and now awaits the Copa Sudamericana.
Defense and Justice chews anger because qualification for the second round of the Copa Libertadores slipped through his hands like water. A defensive mismatch in discount meant a 2-1 loss to Santos and, before the victory of Delfín against Olympiad, his elimination from the contest. Now he must play the second phase of the South American Cup.
“It’s painful, because we lose it in the end. You have to heal the scars and look forward. I am still proud and trusting these guys. We leave this competition with our heads very high and I hope that this experience will help us for the Copa Sudamericana, “explained coach Hernán Crespo.
“I have to say thanks to the team, to the people who work in the institution and to the fans who encourage us because doing the group and the game we did for a club that plays the Libertadores for the first time seems to me that, although it is painful as he ended up losing the classification in the last minute, it will serve for the future, “said the former River.
The players were notoriously beaten. Because they dreamed of continuing to make history, seeking to get among the 16 best in America. And they were achieving it, with the partial 1-0 marked by Romero. But the situation changed as the minutes passed.
Romero collapsed on the court after the last play and the final whistle. Heartbroken, with tears for not having obtained the ticket to eighths. Immediately, as head of the group, Crespo approached his player to lift him up and hug him on the playing field. A good gesture from the coach with his beaten footballer.
“The team has played very well. They did the most difficult thing, which was to associate and generate goal situations. We managed to put ourselves ahead, but we found a very strong team with many capacities and variants, with people who are used to this type of event and maybe we couldn’t sustain it, “he argued for the defeat.