I have a commitment; I’m going to stay, was the answer that stunned Bragarnik.
A few days before the match with Estudiantes de Mérida, Christian Bragarnik contacted Sebastián Beccacece. The coach was preparing the game against the Venezuelans. Then, the businessman who today owns Elche FC, but manages Argentine players and coaches all over the world, told one of his clients that he had an unmissable offer: Palmeiras.
What if Verdao It is the nickname of the São Paulo club, in that color came the constant, sounding bills and a large quantity for Beccacece. “I have a commitment to Racing; I’m going to stay, ”was the answer that stunned Bragarnik. Two weeks ago, he had rejected the proposal of Almería, a Spanish Second Division club. They say that, on the other side of the Atlantic, the businessman asked if he was in the presence of “a crazy”.
Beccacece has decided to stay in Racing until June 2021, the date on which your contract will end. He communicated this to Diego Milito, with whom he maintains a fluid dialogue. The manager, after all, was the one who called him when he left Independiente. It was a daring move because Jorge Sampaoli’s former assistant came from a negative experience a few blocks from the Cilindro and generated doubts among fans and leaders. The Rosario strategist feels, then, that he cannot abandon ship at this moment, for more dollars and euros than they offer him from abroad.
The 39-year-old coach considers that he fulfilled the objectives that he set when he crossed to the blue and white path of Avellaneda: qualify for the round of 16 of the 2020 Libertadores and ensure the pass to the 2021 edition. He is satisfied with having achieved 15 points out of 18 in the group stage, even though it was not enough to finish in first place by a goal difference, a situation that now forces him to face Flamengo, champion of America and leader of Brasileirao along with Inter.
Wait, as they trusted Clarion, that no more players are sold until next year and that the contracts of some players who were outdated be improved, beyond the pandemic that forced the renegotiation of salaries. In this way, he believes that there will be no temptations from the outside.
Beccacece accepted the departures of Ricardo Centurión, Matías Zaracho, David Barbona and Javier García, but he thinks he has a short squad. Only Matías Ibáñez and Lorenzo Melgarejo arrived. The club could not get a side to cover the gap that Renzo Saravia had left before his arrival. “There is a project and that is exciting”, they insist on their environment. It is promoted, above all, by the policy of promoting youth that Víctor Blanco has. The president wants to strengthen the quarry, so the coach gave flight to Tiago Banega and Carlos Alcaraz and dispensed with veterans such as Alejandro Donatti and Diego Octopus González, regardless of whether they have reinforced San Lorenzo and Boca.
“The commitment of the leaders is to bet on the project, not to disarm the establishment. The coach is very involved with the club. And it showed something that I had not seen in other coaches, who are very navel-gazing: the sense of belonging. If there is a yuyal, ask to cut it. If a light is burned out, ask to change it. It is on top of all the details. In addition, he is a technician who gives the club a leap in quality ”, Blanco told Clarion.
There is a month ahead to prepare for the duel with the Brazilians. “We look for the first place on all roads and fate did not want it to happen. But I trust this group and all the challenges it gets. Now we are going to prepare in the best way for the second round, “said the coach.
Beyond the elusive draw, Beccacece thinks it is a challenge to face an opponent of that magnitude. After all, measuring yourself against another great is a good chance to paint reality. For better or worse.