Although Millonarios’ campaign in the Finalization Tournament has been regular, its chances of entering the group of the top eight are latent, as it is only three points away from eighth place.
However, the team led by Alberto Gamero will have to improve in several aspects if it does not want to distance itself from the possibility of qualifying for the home runs.
To begin with, today they must add and not by one point but by three against Bucaramanga, in a match valid for matchday 11 of the league.
The ‘Leopards’ are precisely one of the teams that surpass the blues by three points. They have 15 units against the capital’s 12 and are in the sixth box.
You have four wins, three draws and three losses, compared to three wins, three draws and four losses for the light blues.
The biggest difference between the protagonists of tonight’s duel in El Campín lies in offensive production. The locals have only scored 6 goals compared to 11 for the visit and conceded 10 goals compared to 7 for the ‘Leopards’.
Among the factors of concern for Millonarios is the lack of forcefulness. Until December, the team was characterized by generating many goal opportunities and converting only one or two, which were enough to win games and always stay at the top of the standings.
For the first half of this year they changed their style and became a more practical, more effective team and that earned them the 16th star.
Looking ahead to the final tournament, the managers decided not to hire reinforcements or players that would increase the payroll, but rather to maintain the constant promotion of elements formed in the lower divisions.
Likewise, coach Gamero was going to take the opportunity to try out variations and he did, as he tried with a three in the background, but not in terms of giving continuity to the youth players. Until now the only one who has been a regular starter is Sander Navarro on the right side and he doesn’t count.
For today we will have to wait and see what coach Gamero proposes, in the absence of three of his strongholds in the core sector, Daniel Giraldo, Daniel Cataño and David Silva, all three disqualified for seeing the red card.
That is another aspect that the blues must improve, avoiding so many expulsions, something that did not happen before and that characterized Millonarios for being one of the teams with the least red cards.
For the match against Bucaramanga, the light blues recover Daniel Ruiz, who will be the hook, but we will have to see who replaces Giraldo. The possibilities are several, Kliver Moreno, Dewar Victoria and Nicolás Arévalo, who does not have much of a mark but does handle the ball and can give the team a start from the back.
Álvaro Montero, Navarro and Omar Bertel must return to the goal on the sides, Andrés Llinás and Juan Pablo Vargas in the center. In the core sector Larry Vásquez, Daniel Ruiz, with Moreno, Victoria or Arévalo, plus Jader Valencia, Edgar Guerra and Leonardo Castro.
A blue victory and everything will begin to return to normal, except that the rival is very complicated.
The other match scheduled for today is the responsibility of Once Caldas and Envigado, starting at 6:15 pm