Jorge Luis Pinto is remembered fondly by many Cucuta Deportivo fans. The current Millonarios’ manager helped them win their first-ever league title back in the 2006-II season. He built a strong team for Jorge Luis Bernal to take this same team to the 2007 Copa Libertadores semi-final. It’s one of their most successful campaigns in the club’s history, and it’s going to be a bittersweet moment for Jorge Luis Pinto.
Millonarios traveled to Cucuta for the first time in four years. In the last visit, the Ambassadors brought back a point. Ricardo Lunari had used a 4-3-1-2 formation, and Jonathan Agudelo scored the equalizer after subbing on for Federico Insua. Jorge Luis Pinto has found the winning formula from the last few games. It’s most likely that he will keep using the winning team to be closer to the first place and take a step closer to qualifying for the Copa Libertadores.
The Ambassadors have been inconsistent away from home. Out of six away games, they have only won twice, drew twice, and lost twice. In the last away game, Millonarios defeated Independiente Medellin 2-1. The fans expect the team to win with a more considerable goal margin and stop defending the score very early. Jorge Luis Pinto will continue helping Alex Rambal and Luis Payares to consolidate as decent central defenders and keep up with the excellent form for the playoffs.
Cucuta Deportivo, on the other hand, has recently sacked their previous manager, Pablo Garabello, and replaced him with their current manager, Guillermo Sanguinetti. The team’s performance in Cucuta has been inconsistent with both managers. Out of the six home games, they have won three times, drew twice, and lost 4-1 to Deportivo Cali in the last home game. Their top goalscorer is Carmelo Valencia and has netted five times this season. Carmelo “El Tutunendo” Valencia, Alexis Hinestroza, and Jonathan Agudelo all used to play for Millonarios.
Predicted Starting Lineup:
Wuilker Fariñez; Andres Roman, Alex Rambal, Luis Payares, Felipe Banguero; Jhon Duque (C), Felipe Jaramillo; Hansel Zapata, David Silva, Juan David Perez; Jose Guillermo Ortiz
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