He did not give the team that will play against Atlético Tucumán on Thursday, although he warned that there will be no surprises. And he made it clear that all players have a chance to be there.
The wait is ending. Independiente will return to the ring this Thursday when they host Atlético Tucumán for the first leg of the 16th finals of the Copa Sudamericana. And Lucas Pusineri was hopeful that all the preparation for this time without activity can give good results in a dizzying start.
“I’m happy with the squad. I have footballers who want to be there. I see a nice camaraderie between them and that fuels the illusion. No one else is going to arrive, the group is closed. The players infect me with what I see in training.” he enthusiastically expressed at a press conference.
In a good mood and making some jokes to the journalists through the laptop that from the Villa Domínico conference room transmitted his answers via Zoom, the Rojo coach did not want to confirm the formation for this first match: “I have a clear team in the head, but now is not the time to say it because the footballers will know it first. There will not be many surprises, “he said.
“Reality takes us on, we are going to have 4 games in 10 days and I have to give quality of play to the entire squad because we are going to need everyone. I need everyone to be sharp for the competition,” the DT warned. And he made it clear that it will go game by game: “I will always think game by game to build the eleven that I have ahead. I will not look at the final goal, only the 90 minutes that I have ahead. I am thinking about Atlético Tucumán and not in the second game and that’s how it will be. “
After facing the tucumanos, on Sunday he will debut in the League Cup against Central Córdoba in Santiago del Estero. And next week he will travel north for the copera revenge. “We are happy to start. The draw was beneficial since it puts us in the same rhythm conditions as the rivals we face, such as Atlético and Central Córdoba. We have two trips in a row, but we are going with joy and with great enthusiasm,” said Pusineri.
How do you see your target after such an extensive stop? I feel like we arrived well, we had a good preparation and the players are committed to the cause. One is excited about having a good start, “said the coach, who foresaw a close duel:” It is going to be a difficult game, stuck and complicated. We have to bend the efforts of the rival. Atlético proposes a constant fight. He plays second ball and has a good passing game. “
Although he did not give eleven, Pusineri confirmed that the kids will continue to take place on the court: “In the last official matches we played there was a mix between experienced and youth. I am a staunch defender of the club’s lower-ranking players. Independiente has a young staff and that makes me proud. ” Guys like Alan Velasco, Lucas González and Braian Martínez could make the team.
With regard to playing with empty stands, he remarked that they prefer to see them with people, although he admitted that “maybe the players can feel calmer at first in this way and then gain confidence. We will have to adapt and have concentration on the competition. Millions of fans will be accompanying us from their homes “.
His contract with Independiente ends at the end of the year and at the moment there are no certainties about the renewal. Everything will depend on what happens in these two months. “I am calm. I have a contract until December 31 and later it will be seen. I do not feel permanently evaluated. I am in the place I want,” he said in reference to his future.
Pusineri and his Independiente are ready to go. After a very agitated break due to the economic problems that surrounded the Avellaneda club and many weight losses, it is time to return to action.