Lanzillotta and the day after: "I have the machete at home, ha"

At 29 years old, Federico Lanzillotta His consecrating night arrived: It gave the classification to Argentinos to the semifinals of the Cup of the Professional League. With a machete hidden in a stocking, which he opened and checked before each penalty, he made the heads of each of the Pincha kickers. Until he showed off in the decisive shot against Jorge Morel. The merit? That he saved the 90 minutes injured, and the definition, of course. Resilience is the phrase that defines the goalkeeper: after many injuries and being relegated, Gabriel Milito trusted him after the loss of Lucas Chaves and Lanzi responded with authority, giving him results. Wednesday’s game in La Plata meant a personal revenge for number 20. He debuted in Chicago, went on loan from Palestino (Chile), and found his place in La Paternal, taking all the flashes of Bicho’s heroic classification. and spoke with Ole to narrate all that he lived.

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-Who gave you the machete?

-The machete was prepared by the goalkeeping coach, Rodrigo Reynoso, with whom I watched videos during the week. Because of the injury I had, I couldn’t train penalties, but he helped me study them.

-What injury do you have?

-I played the game with a blow to the iliac crest (same injury as Abbondanzieri, in Germany 2006), but I knew it was a game I couldn’t miss.

Lanzillotta, in the festivities, with Machete in hand.  (AAAJ Press).

Lanzillotta, in the festivities, with Machete in hand. (AAAJ Press).

-Did you have all the kickers in the machete?

-On one side of the sheet I had those who were starters and on the other, those from the bank, obviously I had no data on some because they never kicked a penalty.

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-And what happened to the machete? Where was he?

-I was able to recover it and I have it at home ha, ha. It is to put it in a square!

-And it happened that, after stopping Morel, they cut off the celebration…

-The VAR has the obligation to review it, but I was very sure that I had stepped on the line, so I was calm about the review. What’s more, I took a step back to catch my breath.

-And the goal they scored wasn’t improvised either. Did they study it?

-They had pointed out the weakness of Estudiantes at the far post, they told us about it before the game. Sometimes you plan and it doesn’t end up happening. We knew how strong Estudiantes is in set pieces, but we saw that they had a weakness there.

-When they stayed with 10, and 0-1, did you see the classification complicated?

-Although the expulsion of (Matías) Galarza was unfair, we continue to maintain the plan. The arbitration was weak, but the bad decisions in the game filled us with energy, they made us release that sacred fire that we have inside.

-Did you try to take advantage of Students? Of the anti-sports…

-They didn’t let us warm up properly, they turned off the lights and turned on the sprinklers. That ended up motivating us more.

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Argentinos gave the blow eliminating Estudiantes, one of the best teams in the tournament, and did so with one less. But another one who gave a blow was Tigre, who took out River in the Monumental. Now, Bichos and Matadors must meet at the Tomás Adolfo Ducó next Sunday in search of the pass to the final, where they will meet the winner of the key between Boca and Racing, which will be played on Saturday in Lanús.

-They eliminated one of the best in the tournament, what’s next?

-Continue working with the same humility that we have been doing. The effort we have made in this tournament is very great and we want to continue that way.

-What match do you think against Tigre?

-It will be a match worthy of a semifinal, with two teams that have a very clear idea and know what is at stake in those 90 minutes.

The one became great in the penalty shootout against Estudiantes.  (AAAJ Press).

The one became great in the penalty shootout against Estudiantes. (AAAJ Press).

-You are two steps away from a title, how do you live it?

Calmly, and I try not to think too much about it. Although there are only two games left, there is still a lot to do.

-What setting do you expect on Sunday?

-It’s been a while since we played a game with double fans, it’s going to be special. Hopefully the reception will be like the previous ones, which have been incredible.

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