Atlético Nacional won again and played well. Gone are seven dates without knowing the victory, after the match with Pasto in which he showed good football in several passages, something that his fans demanded of him.
In the 3-1 win, although he had problems with the ball still, as the coach recognized Hernán Darío Herrera, presented in the starting list the men called to have continuity, starting with goalkeeper Kevin Mier.
The young goalkeeper completed 30 appearances in 2022 with a balance of 15 wins, 9 draws and 6 losses, according to statistician Óscar Yamit Quiroz. Mier has received 23 goals and on 12 occasions he took the fence to zero.
The newcomer Andrés Román, with a good performance, took the position of right back due to Yerson Candelo’s injury, while Álvaro Angulo appeared on the left, who still has to raise his level. He was replaced by Danovis Banguero.
The Uruguayan center-back Emanuel Olivera, who contributed a goal (the third in 80 games), maintains his good performance, while Cristian Castro continues as starter due to the injury of Juan David Cabal, owner of the position.
In relation to the defensive performance of the squad, which had left doubts in past games, the “Arriero” explained that Pedro Sarmiento is just arriving at the club and that the training sessions have been short. “There are aspects to correct and we will take advantage of the next few days when there will be less competition to do it.”
The strategist added that this time the purslane team showed facets that it had lost after winning the title in the first half: “He recovered his exquisite game, of touch, handling and protecting the ball… He felt calm despite the heavy pitch, I appreciate the work of the whole team”.
Jhon Duque, who acted as central midfielder and was one of those who left the coaching staff most satisfied, said that Nacional was once again the cast that proposes and seeks the ball and “that makes us strong.”
With Jarlan Barrera and Andrés Andrade at his sides, Duque confessed that he had not done these tasks before, but that he felt comfortable.
Álex Mejía was in the bank, while Sebastián Gómez continues in his recovery process.
Dorlan Pabón was once again a key man, opening the winning path. And Daniel Mantilla, although he did not achieve his best performance, contributed sacrifice in attack and mark.
A special chapter deserves Jéfferson Duque, who reached 96 goals with Atlético Nacional in 225 games: 75 in the League, 11 in the Cup, 4 in the Super League, 3 in the Libertadores and 3 in the South American (León Darío Esponiza data).
As @oscaryamit adds on Twitter, the Fiera has never lost at home to the King of Cups after 45 duels: 40 wins and 5 draws. He played 43 games at the Atanasio Girardot, one at the Hernán Ramírez Villegas in Pereira and another at the Polideportivo Sur in Envigado.
Of the 8 goals that his cast has accumulated in the League-2, Duque contributed 3 and the rest were scored by Olivera, Dorlan, Mantilla, Álex Mejía and Brahian Palacios.
Next Saturday (6:10 pm) Nacional will visit Alianza Petrolera in Barrancabermeja, with the illusion of adding his second victory in the League and returning to places of privilege, since now he only has 5 points in the same number of appearances.