The Paraguayan will play as “9”, a position that is not new to him in his career. The DT has already chosen the formation, which will not have either of the two reinforcements that arrived in this market.
He assumed and after two days the country and the world were stopped by the coronavirus pandemic. He had to know his clients virtually and make them know him, his ideas and his claims for the team in the same way. At a distance, he was anchoring the concepts that later, when they met face to face again, began to be applied in the field. And now, four days after his official debut in San Lorenzo, Mariano Soso has everything clear.
This Saturday at 6:45 p.m., at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium, which bears the name of his greatest idol, this 39-year-old coach will sit on the bench of a large team to face his greatest challenge yet. That duel of Cyclone against Argentinos Juniors in La Paternal will be the beginning of the “It was Soso”.
And for the kickoff, the Rosario coach has everything ready now. He has been working on the training that most convinces him for a long time. He did several tests in the preseason friendlies, but he always maintained a base and only varied due to losses due to injury or citation to the National Team, as was the case of the Romero brothers to Paraguay.
He had two setbacks in the last week. Gino Peruzzi and Franco Di Santo, who were to start, were torn after the last meeting with Lanús and will not be able to be. Victor Salazar was presented as the only and immediate replacement on the right side, since Andres Herrera it’s fractured.
And it remained to decide who would be the “9” area. There were several alternatives. But finally, Soso will place Ángel Romero in that position. Although Oscar’s brother is naturally a forward, in Boedo, since he arrived, he moved mostly as a winger or rather a steering wheel on the outside. Only sporadically did he cover the place of center forward.
However, it is a position that is very well known to Ángel, since in Corinthians he became a scorer playing in that position. With 27 goals, the Guaraní is the top scorer at Arena Corinthians. Dressed as a Barça player, at the moment he has 5 annotations in 21 matches.
Thus, San Lorenzo will face its premiere without neither of his two reinforcements on the court. President Marcelo Tinelli had moved quickly in the pass market to secure just two attackers, since the objective was to sell Adolfo Gaich and Nicolas Fernandez he had suffered a knee ligament tear.
Di Santo y Jonathan Herrera They arrived in full quarantine and then the book was closed for him Cyclone. But neither of them can be moved. The thing about Mendoza, he told himself, was due to a tear. Meanwhile, the former Central Córdoba is not injured but lacks filming. He missed several days of training due to coronavirus, then due to muscle discomfort and then due to paternity leave.
Soso, then, prefers to put Ángel Romero on the edge in a 4-2-3-1 scheme that in turn will have his brother Oscar on the right and the youth Matías Palacios in the middle.
What are the 11 that DT has in mind? Fernando Monetti; Salazar, Federico Gattoni, Alejandro Donatti, Bruno Pittón; Diego Rodríguez, Lucas Menossi; Oscar Romero, Palacios, Juan Ramírez; and Ángel Romero.
These names are the ones that he tested again in the tactical test on Tuesday before the stellar presence of Tinelli in the Sports City. Soso already has everything ready for his before premiere in San Lorenzo.
Not on a roll Fabricio Coloccini in this break. He first contracted coronavirus when he returned to face-to-face training and then suffered muscle discomfort that led to edema. That’s why he missed all the preseason friendlies. This Monday he had recovered, but a day later he had problems again.
In practice this Tuesday, the 38-year-old defender felt physically upset again and for that reason he will undergo medical studies to find out what he has. Likewise, for Soso he was not going to be a starter: his bet is that the kid Federico Gattoni is the first central marker of the team.