The coach of San Lorenzo, the Uruguayan Paolo Montero, promised a team with “intensity and attitude” to face the Professional League, which will begin against Arsenal de Sarandí, as a visitor, next Sunday.
“On Sunday we have to show what the team is for, there are no excuses. Give 110 percent, play with intensity and convey the attitude that we are going to seek the three points,” said the coach at a press conference held at the New Gasometer.
The 49-year-old coach stressed that the team’s great goal is to qualify for the next Copa Libertadores, if “the current squad” remains.
At the conference, Montero did not confirm the arrival at the club of goalkeeper Augusto Batalla and Colombian defender Cristian Zapata, although he said that “in some positions there is no lack of changes, but names are missing.”
The coach did not confirm the team that will face Arsenal, although he pointed out that in the midfield the pair made up of Nestor Ortigoza and Yeison Gordillo “complements each other very well.” “Nestor has more vision of the game and Gordillo gives him aggressiveness and travel; he reaches all sectors to press,” said the former Juventus defender from Italy.
Despite not having for Sunday’s game with the Paraguayan brothers Angel and Oscar Romero (they arrived on Thursday night and will have to serve a few days of isolation, after participating in the Copa América), the coach considered that they are important for the team . “Oscar can play double-five and Angel as second striker or second winger. They have a lot of quality and personality, with this squad they can complement each other well and add dynamics to the game,” said Montero.
With sensitive casualties, such as that of forwards Franco Di Santo (strained right hamstring) and Ezequiel Cerutti (right knee sprain), of defender Alejandro Donatti (muscular overload) and the Romeros, the coach did not confirm the team to face Arsenal.
But in the last training sessions he ranked the following: Torrico; Peruzzi, Gattoni, F. Flores, G. Rojas; Palacios, Ortigoza, Gordillo, J. Ramírez; A. Díaz, N. Fernández.