Juan Carlo Osorio, coach of América de Cali. REUTERS / Ernesto Guzman Jr
Once the match in which América de Cali fell two goals to one with Santa Fe for the Colombian Super League, Juan Carlos Osorio did not appear at the press conference, he sent his assistant Pompilio Páez, a fact that drew attention: the The last few weeks have not been the best in terms of results for DT from Pereira.
Well, this October 7, two days before the match with Millionaires for the BetPlay League 2021 II, the coach gave a few words to the media, in which he assumed responsibility for the most recent defeat and affirmed that he was committed to improving. the results.
“For my part, I am one hundred percent with the project, I hope the results will be given so that in December we will give you what we were so excited about. On whether there is support from my bosses, that question is for them. The style of play we use is different, the Colombian player is not used to it, but we continue working to improve ”, said the strategist.
Specifically for the match against Independiente Santa Fe, he said that they have nothing to reproach their players, although he acknowledges that he must determine the reasons why sometimes they do not add up to three points,
“I have no complaints about any player, I am responsible, not guilty, because we have not committed any crime; the difficult situation is due to poor results and I take responsibility for my decisions. All players comply. We are looking for the reasons why we are not consistent. I have debated with Bielsa and we agree that it is impossible to play with that intensity for 90 minutes ”, he added.
One of the points that has always been questioned since he directed América de Cali, and that was even criticized when he directed the Mexico national team, are the so-called rotations. However, for him, more than on a whim they are to take care of the footballer.
“Analyze the last matches of Atlético de Madrid, Liverpool or Manchester City. Drawer phases are used here. That is not the problem of the Colombian footballer, nor mine. There are physiological studies, there are documents and articles written from the academic side that say that any athlete needs at least five days to recover ”, he indicated.
First leg match between América de Cali and Independiente Santa Fe for the BetPlay Super League 2021 / (Twitter: @Dimayor)
Osorio had messages of support for his managers, who today are ninth in the Betplay League with 17 points out of 36 possible, although he commented that they still have a way to go to keep up with the footballers of the old continent.
“Here we have a very healthy professional relationship with this very good group of players that we have; to improve and become great professionals, for now we have good professionals and that is the big difference between the player when he goes to Europe and is here. Here there are also players as professional as in Europe. But that there are players as badly educated, as lazy, well off as there are in other parts of the world as well, and it is our responsibility to demand it from all of them ”.
The DT was questioned for not being at the press conference after the match with the Cardinals and, transparently, gave his explanation: “As a human being I confess that when I get very emotional I say more than necessary, and the day before Santa Fe I told my group what I thought, that’s why I made the decision not to go to Press conference. Páez has the ability to explain what I can explain, he has the same knowledge of the group. That day I did not want to hurt susceptibilities or be a jerk ”.
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