Millonarios lost their chance to qualify for the playoffs despite if they win tonight. Although they still have an opportunity to be eligible for the 2020 Copa Libertadores if they win tonight and future results of the other teams. Rionegro Aguilas, on the other hand, is fighting for their lives to stay in the first division. If they lose and Union Magdalena wins against Once Caldas, they will be relegated to the second division.
The news and fans are currently looking to blame on someone for the premature elimination. Most of them are pointing their fingers to Jorge Luis Pinto, Millonarios’ manager, and Norberto Peluffo, Director of Football. The current manager before taking over the vacant manager role, said, “if I don’t qualify for the playoffs, I will resign the next day.” If Jorge Luis Pinto is the man of his word, he will most likely resign after tonight’s game.
Moving on, the next person, the journalist for El Cinco Cero, Felipe Valderrama, analyzed Norberto Peluffo’s involvement with the signings since his appointment. He has been involved with 51 signings, and out of these signings, 19 was a success for Millonarios, and 11 players of the 19 players have won one or two titles between 2017 and 2018. 37% of his signings had made a significant impact on the team, and the numbers show that almost one of every three signings is a great signing. The statistics aren’t favorable. The club administrators will decide Norberto Peluffo’s future within the next few days.
Millonarios will play tonight with dignity and, hopefully, add three points to the aggregate table. They haven’t won since the game against Alianza Petrolera. It’s vital to win to finish off the year with a win and boost the team’s morale. The players have the last chance to prove if they are good enough to stay with the club for 2020.
As I mentioned before, Rionegro Aguilas is hanging by a thread. If they win, they will stay in the first division, and if they lose and Union Magdalena wins, they will be relegated. Out of the nine home games this season, they have only won three times; 1-0 v Junior, 1-0 v Independiente Santa Fe, and 3-0 v Jaguares. Their top goal scorers, Jader Obrian and Anthony Uribe, have netted five times, and Juan Pablo Otalvaro has assisted three goals.
Wuilker Fariñez; Andres Roman, Breiner Paz, Alex Rambal, Omar Bertel; Jhon Duque (C), Felipe Jaramillo; Hansel Zapata, David Silva, Juan David Perez; Jose Guillermo Ortiz
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