League Cup: San Lorenzo visits Banfield at Sola

With the novelty of return of Nicolas Blandiconfirmed this Thursday after the operation with Huesca de Espala fell due to the return of Adolfo Gaich; San Lorenzo, punished in recent years for bad campaigns and a severe institutional chaos, will seek to rediscover sporting success in this Professional League Cup, and with the leadership of coach Pedro Troglio, he will visit the always risky Banfield tomorrow. The match, which will close the day, will be played at the Florencio Sola Stadium, at 9:30 p.m., will be televised on Fox Sports and will have the arbitration of Germán Delfino. The action will start in Sarandí with Arsenal-Rosario Central (5 pm, TNT Sports); will continue in Mendoza with Godoy Cruz-Tiger (19.15, Fox Sports) and in Liniers with Vélez-Aldosivi (19.15, TNT Sports).

With the free pass after his departure from Unión de Santa Fe, Blandi arranged his return to San Lorenzo, where he played 163 games, scored 64 goals and won two titles: the Copa Libertadores in 2014 and the Supercopa Argentina 2016.. The striker was in San Lorenzo until the beginning of 2020 when he was sold to Colo Colo from Chile, where he was barely able to score two goals and played little due to muscle injuries. Later, in Unión, he played four games in the last half of 2021 and could not score before being released.

With this last minute addition, coach Pedro Troglio will start as a visitor against Banfield, for Zone A of the first date of the League Cupthe search for its main objective: win the League Cup, since it did not qualify for any international cup in 2022in addition to the Argentine Cup.

San Lorenzo begins this tournament with great hopes, and with good performances in the summer tournament played in La Plata -despite losing the final against Boca by 1-0- and in the matches played in Uruguay against Estudiantes de La Plata and Nacional de Montevideo.

Troglio has Ricardo Centurión as his maximum reinforcement, who rescinded with Vélez, and in San Lorenzo they trust that it could be the unbalancing value that will take the team to the top positions. The former Racing and Boca has everything in his favor, skill, speed and good looks, but his great enemy is himself, with his temperament and ability to spoil what appears to be good.

By the side of Banfield, coach Diego Dabove has a team that was well reinforced with Darío Cvitanich (free from Racing), Enrique Bologna (free from River), Ian Escobar (loan from Talleres), among others.

Velez receives Aldosivi

In another of the matches on Friday, Vélez Sarsfield, who has a good squad and who can aspire to reach the decisive instances of the competition, will try to start by adding the three points against Aldosivi from Mar del Plata, the team led by Martín Palermo, for Zone B of the League Cup. The match will take place at the José Amalfitani stadium in Liniers from 7:15 p.m., televised by TNT Sports and with the arbitration of Hernán Mastrángelo.

Vélez, directed by Mauricio Pellegrino and who will also play the Copa Libertadores, is a team to fear for anyone and it was proven last Saturday when they drew goalless against River at the Monumental. Although it was not an official match, the powerful team of Marcelo Gallardo (last local champion) could not obtain differences.

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he andThe Velez team lost some important players like Thiago Almada (the best of those who emigrated), Federico Mancuello, Gerónimo Poblete, Cristian Tarragona, Ricardo Centurión and Juan Martín Lucero, but he still has Luca Orellano, Lucas Pratto, Lautaro Gianetti, and Franco Díaz (Temperley), José Florentín (Guaraní ), Emanuel Insúa (free from AEK de Grecia/Aldosivi), the Uruguayan Sebastián Sosa Sánchez (free from the Board of Trustees) and Joel Soñora (on loan from Banfield).

Aldosivi will look at the table of averages during the season: today, with 1,064, he surpasses Godoy Cruz, Patronato and Sarmiento, largely thanks to the fact that since the arrival of Palermo he has obtained 20 of 33 units with six wins, two draws and three setbacks.

The Mar del Plata team was reinforced with Marcelo Meli (free from Racing), Edwin Mosquera (loan from DIM from Colombia), Tomás Martínez (free from Defense and Justice), Agustín Lastra and Nicolás Valentini (loan from Boca), Santiago Silva (free) , Andrés Lorenzo Ríos (San Jose Earthquakes from MLS), Emanuel Maciel (FC Montreal from MLS), Matías Pisano (free Atromitos from Greece) and Braian Martínez (on loan from Independiente).

Among the values ​​that the “Shark” will not include Gabriel Hauche, the brothers Emiliano and Emanuel Insúa, Federico Andrada and Malcom Braida, among others.

Tigre’s return against Godoy Cruz

Godoy Cruz de Mendoza will receive Tigre in the return of the Victoria team to the Professional Football League (LPF) after achieving promotion from the First National. The party, which corresponds to the Zone B of the first date of the tournament, will be played from 7:15 p.m. at the Feliciano Gambarte stadium, it will be refereed by Pablo Echavarría and will be televised by the Fox Sports Premium signal.

The Mendocino team added to its ranks Juan de Dios Pintado (Juventud Las Piedras, Uruguay) and Kalazán Suárez (Real Cartagena, Colombia), central defender Jhostin Medranda (Deportes Quindío, Colombia), midfielder Tomás Castro Ponce (River Plate) and strikers Salomón Rodríguez (Rentistas, Uruguay) and Tadeo Allende (Córdoba Institute).

For its part, Tigre, promoted after two seasons in the First National it was reinforced with Mateo Retegui, Javier Obando and Oscar Salomón (all from Boca); Alexis Castro (San Lorenzo), NIcolás Demartini (Temperley), Lucas Menossi (San Lorenzo) and Facundo Colidio (Inter Milan).

Rosario Central visits Arsenal

Arsenal, with the debut of technical director Leonardo Madelón and a squad that has at least 15 reinforcementswill receive Rosario Central this Friday, from 5 pm in Sarandí (TNT Sports), with arbitration by Darío Herrera.

Arsenal, which suffered the departure of 18 players from the squad, has the fifth worst average in the fight to escape relegation (1,096) and only surpasses Aldosivi (1,064), Godoy Cruz (1,032), Patronato (0,697) and Sarmiento (0,947), among those who divide for the last three seasons, not counting the promoted Barracas Central and Tigre, who start with an average of 0 but they will not split this season.

For its part, Rosario Central of Cristian “Kily” González maintained the base of the team and was reinforced with goalkeeper Gaspar Servio, defenders Javier Báez and Julián Velázquez, left back Nazareno Romero and midfielders Walter Montoya, Claudio Yacob and Marcelo Benítez, although only Servio, Báez and Montoya will play.

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