Lanús and Defensa y Justicia will play this Saturday the entirely Argentine final of the 2020 South American CONMEBOL Cup at the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium in the city of Córdoba, from 5:00 p.m. (local time) and with ESPN television (only for Argentina and Uruguay).
The winning team will give the country its ninth title in this continental competition.
THE NUMBERS OF THE FINALISTS
The Garnet will go for its third international conquest and the seventh title in its history under the leadership of Luis Zubeldía, a reference of the institution who will go to the 40 years for his first championship.
For Lanús this will be his fourth international final after the conquests of the 1996 Conmebol Cup and the 2013 South American Cup, plus the final lost to the Brazilian Atlético Mineiro in the 1997 Conmebol.
On the side of Defense and Justice, in his fourth participation in the South American Cup -to which the Libertadores 2020 is added-, he will go for a title that opens its showcases since the whole of the town of Florencio Varela has not yet achieved any crown even at the local level.
A runner-up in the 2018/19 local Tournament that had Racing Club as its winner was the closest the 85-year-old institution came to achieving this milestone.
The ‘Falcon’ reached this definition after his historic premiere in Copa Libertadores where he finished third in his group that led him to the table of this nineteenth edition of the South American where he accumulates five wins and three draws.
THE TODAY OF THE TEAMS
Lanús will have a loss for this defining meeting that is the forward Lautaro Acosta by accumulation of yellow cards that, as happened in 2013, the final of the tournament will be lost.
The rest of the players will be at the disposal of the coach, including the 40-year-old striker José Sand, who will form an offensive pair with Nicolás Orsini.
In the midfield it is discounted that there will be Pedro De la Vega and Tomás Belmonte, two of the young promises of the garnet quarry; that propelled the team to this final.
In such a way, that Zubeldia will make two variants with respect to the semifinal second leg against Vélez Sarsfield: defender Guillermo Burdisso will enter defense in place of Matías Pérez, while José Luis Gómez or Franco Orozco will take the place of the suspended Acosta.
“This club has a rich history, made from below, and that makes it great. All of us must live up to that history, especially the recent one,” emphasized the coach in the run-up to this decisive match.
For this meeting, Defense and Justice will have its entire staffAmong them Braian Romero, the top scorer of the tournament with nine goals, and who will form an offensive pair with Walter Bou and Francisco Pizzini.
Ezequiel Unsaín will be the goalkeeper, while Adonis Frías and Héctor Martínez will make up the central defense of a team that has shown solidity throughout this international tournament.
“I am happy with what was obtained, in the ways that we obtained the tickets, happy for the historical place that we are going to occupy. I am the visible face, but without the players we will not get anywhere. institution, but there are pages to complete, this continues “, were the words of Crespo in the prelude to this final.
TWO YOUNG COACHES IN SEARCH OF GLORY
The former striker Hernan Crespo, a Defense and Justice coach since January 2020, he will also seek his first title as a coach after having managed Italian Modena and Banfield without great results.
For its part, Luis Zubeldia is synonymous with Lanús because as a player he completed his training and developed his short career. As a coach, he begins his fifth year in two stages with a great objective: to add the first title to his individual record and the third international for the Argentine club.
‘El Principito’ Zubeldía, who turned 40 on January 13, has the opportunity to lift his first trophy as head coach 10 days later, since in 2007 he was assistant to the late Ramón Cabrero when Garnet conquered the Apertura Tournament.
THE KEY CARDS OF EACH ONE
The forward of Lanús Jose SandAn idol and garnet captain at the age of 40, on January 7th he became the third oldest player to make international cups organized by CONMEBOL, behind Uruguayans Richard Pellejero and Diego Scotti.
Sand will take to the field of the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium against Defense and Justice in search of his third international conquest after the 1996 Conmebol Cup and the 2013 South American Cup.
He and Lautaro Acosta are the two referents of the Garnet and have converted 134 goals in official matches between international and national competitions.
Despite the absence of Laucha Acosta, Luis Zubeldia trusts that Lanús can show that it is a team, with its mix of promising youngsters with a few experienced ones.
With nine goals in eight games, Braian Romero is the top scorer of the 2020 edition of the CONMEBOL South American Cup. The forward born on June 15, 1991 in San Isidro lives his best moment in these complex times of pandemic.
Crespo relies not only on his gunner, but on group work, a team without shining figures, but which has achieved performance and results.