Millonarios keeps delaying their qualification for the playoffs. In the past few matches, the Ambassador has lost valuable points, and there are nine points left to grab. They only need four points to qualify. They are facing three formidable rivals; Junior tonight in Barranquilla, Independiente Santa Fe next Wednesday, and Rionegro Aguilas in two weeks. Before 2019 started, Jorge Luis Pinto had said if his team fails to qualify for the playoffs; he will resign the next day. His fate will be decided within the next two weeks.
The Ambassadors have not won against Junior in Barranquilla since 2014. Mayer Candelo scored a fantastic goal with the outside of his left foot from the edge of the box. Millonarios have more difficultly beating Junior than Atletico Nacional playing either at home or away. The Roberto Melendez stadium is a tough stadium to play in, and most teams, including national teams, struggle to pull excellent performance in that turf.
The most popular team in Barranquilla is currently sitting in fourth place with 28 points. Junior in eight home games this current season; they have won six times. They lost to America de Cali and Once Caldas. Luis Sandoval has netted three times and is currently their top goalscorer. Teofilo Gutierrez has converted to more as a playmaker role this season and has assisted four goals. In previous seasons, he used to be one of their main strikers, along with Luis Carlos Ruiz and Michael Rangel.
Millonarios is only a point and two places behind Junior. With a win, they can relax and only grab a point out of the six possible points from the last two games. It’s a tough task, but the team is stacked with excellent and skillful players. Jorge Luis Pinto will look for the most reliable possible squad for tonight. Jose Guillermo Ortiz and Wuilker Fariñez are back with the team after playing for their respective national team in the international break. Alex Rambal is also back in the roster after completing a one-game suspension.
(5-2-3) Wuilker Fariñez; Andres Roman, Breiner Paz, Alex Rambal, Luis Payares, Felipe Banguero; Jhon Duque (C), Cesar Carrillo; Juan David Perez, Jose Guillermo Ortiz, and David Silva
Picture via Millonarios FC
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