After the defeat against Banfield, the coach is forced to rethink some questions in the team he plans to make to face the South American Cup as a first measure and then the Argentine tournament.
A week after officially playing again, Lucas Pusineri has some doubts to clear in his Independiente. The losses in the friendly with Banfield last Saturday left him a negative balance not only from the result, but mainly from the game and this forces the coach to rethink some issues in the team he plans to make to face the South American Cup as a first measure and then the Argentine tournament.
Against him Drill It was the first time that the red coach had a formation that could be considered a starter. In the previous tests, he had been planting mixed lineups and this responded to the need to match the competitiveness of the entire squad he has. The cause? He has a hectic start to the season as he will go from having no action to playing four commitments in two weeks, something that will inevitably lead him to have to rotate at some point, either due to exhaustion or losses due to injury.
This Friday they will be attentive in Avellaneda to the draw for the second phase of the Sudamericana and next week Independiente will play the first leg. As it is found in box 2, the possible rivals, located in box 1, are: Atlético Tucumán, Bahía (Brazil), Huachipato (Chile), Deportivo Cali (Colombia), Deportes Tolima (Colombia), Emelec (Ecuador), Liverpool (Uruguay), River Plate (Uruguay) and the eight classified in the Copa Libertadores, that is, the third in the group stage.
On the weekend of the 30th he will have to travel to Santiago del Estero to make his debut in the Professional League Cup against Central Córdoba through Zone 2 completed by Colón and Defensa y Justicia. The following week he will have his revenge with another trip, while on the weekend of November 6 he will receive the people of Santa Fe for the local competition.
The idea of Pusineri is not, a priori, to face the Cup with a starting team and to put substitutes in the domestic sphere. He has already communicated to his clients that he needs to have them all ready. He will put the best for the first game for the South American and then he will watch game by game according to how the players respond physically to the bustle and travel. Based on that, it will apply the necessary modifications or not.
What questions does the coach still have in the team? In defense everything is clear: Fabricio Bustos, Alan Franco, Ezequiel Muñoz and Lucas Rodríguez are the names to form the ideal last line. However, a question mark rests on the second central marker since Muñoz felt the lack of football rhythm in friendlies and had to loosen the charges. Will it reach one hundred percent? That is the question. Alexander Barboza had been fulfilling until before the defeat with Banfield and it will be he who occupies the central rear in case Half consider that the ex-Lanús should wait a little longer.
The medium is a sensitive area. One of the unfulfilled orders of the technician in the pass market was a brand five. It has mostly mixed ruffles, but none are clearly removed. Therefore, you must find the central midfielder pair that complements each other best. Pablo Hernández shows category when it comes to playing and distributing, in addition to stepping on the area. But it unfolds less in the brand.
Giving Lucas Romero more help in the center circle is the premise. For this reason, one of the DT’s chickens is Lucas González. Jumped he is a midfielder from the Lower Class who asks for a track and Pusineri wants to give him flight. Place it next to the Dog Romero instead of Hernández is one of the options that is handled, but dispensing with the hierarchy of the Tucu it makes noise.
A variant that is not ruled out is to change the scheme. The 4-2-3-1 is the drawing that the coach has been implementing, but he does not close himself to moving towards other positions to have a greater presence in the middle of the court, such as a 4-4-2 or a 4-3 -3 that with the fall of the extremes at the time of recovery would turn towards a 4-5-1 or a 4-1-4-1.
Men on the outside are the other question to be answered. Jonathan Menéndez appears to have earned the job. Federico Martínez, brand new reinforcement, could be the external midfielder in front, but Alan Velasco, the gem from the quarry, bid hand-in-hand to be there from the start. Meanwhile, Andrés Roa will be the loose player in the middle, while Silvio Romero will be in the area. The bow, of course, will be by Sebastián Sosa.
It does not have much more time Pusineri. You will have to adjust these last details this weekend and make the final decisions to start the official competition with a demanding string.