Peñarol’s coach, Alfredo Arias, will face Millonarios in Conmebol Sudamericana 2023: Getty Images.
Millionaires know their way in the group stage in Conmebol Sudamericana 2023, a contest in which they will face Defensa y Justicia from Argentina, América Mineiro from Brazil and Peñarol from Uruguay in group F, in which the first and the second will play a playoff phase.
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The Embajadores fans had divided opinions regarding the rivals that the team will have in the tournament, some considered that the Bogotá club will have greater fortune to appear internationally and others believe that it will be a very difficult round.
The level of difficulty for Millonarios in Conmebol Sudamericana is also in Peñarol’s coach, Alfredo Arias, an old acquaintance of Colombian soccer who would have the formula to beat Ballet Azul in Montevideo as in the El Campín stadium.
The Uruguayan coach knows the Millionaires game well with Alberto Gamero, his coach whom he faced 10 times between 2020 and 2022 with two different clubs, which were Deportivo Cali and Independiente Santa Fe, and in both he had good games against the blues.
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Arias achieved two victories, five draws and three defeats, with 13 goals for and 16 against, in addition to playing both in the Betplay League and internationally, and in both scenarios he was the Verdugo of the Albiazul institution.
His last match was on November 30, 2022, when he led Santa Fe on the last date of the home runs of the Finalization Tournament and drew 1-1 to eliminate the blues from the final to which Deportivo Pereira, later soccer champion, went. Colombian.
Alfredo Arias became an expert to get Millionaires out of different instances in both local and international tournaments, since on three occasions he was the Black Beast of the blues and the key was the effectiveness in the plays, closing the sides and making the rival desperate .
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The first elimination, as if it were a sad coincidence, was in a South American Conmebol in 2020, when Deportivo Cali, led by the Uruguayan, faced the blues in the round of 16 and the Azucareros won on penalties 5-4, with the remembered Missed shot by Santiago Montoya, midfielder for the Ambassadors.
Millionaires defeated by Cali in the Conmebol Sudamericana 2020, in penalty kicks 5-4 / (Caracol Radio).
That same year but in the Betplay League, in the 2021 South American qualifying game, the Azucareros suffered to beat the blues because they equalized 1-1, despite the fact that the rival had only 14 players called up by covid-19, but they were outscored from 12 steps 4-3.
The third elimination of Millonarios at the hands of Arias was in the Uruguayan’s last game in Colombia, where he had Santa Fe in the 2022 Completion Tournament and left the blues without an end by drawing 1-1, since Alberto Gamero’s team needed win to qualify for the definition of the title.
Santa Fe eliminated Millonarios from the final of the 2022 Completion Tournament after a 1-1 draw. Photo: Colprensa-Camila Díaz
Manya have only lost one game so far in 2023 under coach Alfredo Arias, who arrived at the club in December 2022 and put together a very strong roster with figures like Carlos Sánchez, Diego Rolón, Abel Hernández and Matías Arezo, the latter He is the current scorer in the Uruguayan championship with seven goals.
Peñarol is the leader of the 2023 Charrúa football season with 17 points in eight games played, in which they fell once and it was on Saturday, March 25, against Liverpool 1-0, ending a seven-game unbeaten run without losing in the local tournament.
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