Alianza Lima defeated Universitario de Deportes in a new edition of the classic. The match was played at the Monumental stadium and resulted in a 2-1 in favor of the ‘blue and white’. Gabriel Costa was one of the authors of the goals for the ‘intimates’. The nationalized winger told about his feelings after the win and having scored for the first ‘U’ with the La Victoria team shirt.
“It was a nice match, where Universitario played soccer very well. What they didn’t have we did, which was the hierarchy when it came to being able to score goals. I think it was fair, because we played an intelligent match, we knew where they were going to attack us and how to defend them. When it comes to having our opportunities, we make a difference”, said ‘Gaby’ in an interview for Ovación radio.
“It’s a nice emotion, the whole week was very emotional when it came to training or preparing for the game. It is a different meeting, regarding the preparation. Scoring one of the goals is another nice feeling. It was just on the field and with their people. Win the clásico the way we did it. Obviously, happy about what happened yesterday and today we are enjoying it, ”he said.
Costa also spoke about his relationship with Guillermo Salas, coach of Alianza Lima. The 32-year-old winger “mentioned that he is still adapting to the idea of the game proposed by the Peruvian strategist. In addition, he confessed that “Chicho” gives them enough confidence to perform in a great way on the field of play.
The double ‘huacha’ of Nelson Cabanillas to Gabriel Costa and the reaction of Carlos Zambrano in Universitario vs Alianza Lima
The side of the ‘cream’ box made two luxuries against the former Colo Colo player, which ended up provoking the defender who debuted with the ‘blue and white’ shirt.
“With ‘Chicho’ we are just getting to know each other and getting to know the idea that he wants too. Obviously, he asks us for a lot of mobility at game time and to find those spaces that the rival does not allow us. Try to be sharp when attacking and finishing plays. That is what he tries to implement for us during the week”, stressed ‘Gaby’.
“That gives us the confidence to face the games and, for now, we are very happy with what is happening. ‘Chicho’ is from the house and obviously he is comfortable in the place he is now, ”he said.
Alianza Lima beat Universitario 2-1 in the first classic of 2023.
Costas also told about the competition that exists within the squad. The former Colo Colo gave details about the importance that all players perform at a high level. Likewise, he referred to the competition between Hernán Barcos and Pablo Sabbag, another of the footballers who scored in the victory in the classic.
Gabriel Costa and his goal for the 2-0 of Alianza Lima against Universitario for the 1 League classic
The former Colo Colo player took advantage of a ball in the rival area to score his first goal of the season. He reappears before the ‘U’ after eight years.
“Obviously, we knew the team that was going to start the classic, but those are decisions that the coach makes when facing the games. The decisions that the ‘DT’ takes are respectable. Barcos had a great match last week, scored a goal. Pablo Sabbag was also fine, yesterday he scored and was the figure of the commitment”, mentioned the striker.
“That means that the team is united, anyone who enters can do well. That does us good, because we have to be a very competitive team. We are forming a competitive team to be able to face all the games. If one leaves and another enters, he will still do it in a great way, ”he said.
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The ‘cream’ defender was quite motivated ahead of what will be his fourth classic. In addition, he pointed out that he is in optimal conditions to start the match.
“Hernán Barcos has quite a long career, he is a player with a lot of experience, with many international championships and many games on top of that. Pablo Sabbag is young, his career is just beginning. He is also a player with a lot of desire to score goals. I think that all of us who are on the squad are going to add so that the team does well throughout the year, ”he concluded.