The U starts a new process. A clean slate for the blues who, once again, are looking to put a negative season behind them. This Friday the preseason starts at the CDA. A period led by Mauricio Pellegrino, where they will seek not to repeat the mistakes of early 2022who had them very complicated during a large part of the course that ended a month ago.
The first task of the coaching staff is the most logical: the medical examinations of the squad. The footballers will undergo check-ups to assess the situation in which they arrive. Of course, the strategist has already done some work. For example, he gave Manuel Mayo the list of players that he will not consider.
The first cut are two that had to return after being on loan this year. Nahuel Luján and Marcelo Cañete will not be contemplated by the Argentine coach. Both are aware of his situation. Of course, it will not be a simple operation for the directors of the student institution, since their high salaries complicate the interests of other casts who want to have their services.
These names are added to those that the leadership did not want by 2023even before the confirmation of the arrival of Pellegrino. We are talking about Ronnie Fernández, Ignacio Tapia, Jeisson Vargas and Pablo Aránguiz, who, by all accounts, did not meet the expectations placed on them at the time of their arrival.
In the U they want to get out of the loop that has been the last five years. Between last December and January they gave absolute power in decision-making to Luis Roggiero, who formed a team that failed in its aspirations. Then, they restructured everything with the arrival of Diego López. But the poor performance of the Uruguayan had them fighting relegation, for the fourth time in five years.
Aware of the complicated situation, Mauricio Pellegrino will carry out a very different pre-season from the one he did the previous summer, when Santiago Escobar landed at CDA. On that occasion, the Colombian arrived, spent a week training with the squad in La Cisterna and they left for Argentina to play a friendly triangle, where, by the way, they had negative results.
This time the work prior to the match dispute will last one month. That is why they will only participate in January of a preparation tournament, in Coquimbowhere the faces with the Pirata and Rosario Central box will be seen. These weeks of adaptation are key for the trans-Andean DT. In fact, in Azul Azul they rejected a match against Chapecoense, which could have taken place in December.
The objectives are clear, to have an optimal physical condition for the competition and to know their targets well. And may the old ones adapt to their new companions, too. The issue of preparation is a fundamental point in the U, given that in the recently closed season, the squad exhibited fatigue problems before reaching the middle of the Championship. The conditioning was poor and they don’t want to experience it again.
In addition, it is imperative for Pellegrino that footballers take his hand in hand with his idea. That is why he has been involved in the formation of the team. A Juan Pablo Gomez, Federico Mateos Y Leandro Fernandezwho come to strengthen the defense, midfield and attack, respectively, can be added the name of Matias Zaldiviawho is only details away from becoming the new defender of the University of Chile.
Who does not finish closing their situation is Marcelo Diaz. The former national team is further away than close to the U, because the DT does not consider it a priority element in his idea. “The doors of the club are always open, but it is a technical definition”, declared a few days ago Cecilia PérezVice President of Azul Azul.