Racing Club lived moments of changes in the particular 2020 that was left behind. The Academy went from euphoria to despair in a few weeks, something common in the field of football, but not only because of what happened on the field of play.
The enthusiasm for the solid passage to the last 16 of the Copa Libertadores, ratified after leaving Flamengo, the 2019 champion, on penalties in Brazil, was very important among its people.
But the fall against Boca having a poor performance, the early elimination of the Diego Armando Maradona Cup, where he quickly said goodbye to the Championship Phase, and a coach like Sebastián Beccacece, who had been very questioned and generating doubts, were too much.
To this we must add that manager Diego Milito had made the decision to leave office before the Elections, faced with President Blanco, and that another historical and benchmark of the campus as Lisandro López chose to continue his career in MLS.
Thus, a major renovation began. The good news is that there are already new faces and a project that generates enthusiasm. The Magician Capria replaced Milito and Juan Antonio Pizzi took over the coaching staff.
Capria clarified that his role is, by contract, limited to the task of manager (to rule out that he could eventually be DT) and Pizzi will have the challenge of directing another great: the last step, in 2019, was in San Lorenzo.
He has already added two reinforcements: Ezequiel Schelotto, who came free from Brighton in England and Maximiliano Lovera, emerged from Central, who comes from Olympiakos in Greece.
They will join the base of the squad made up of Arias, Pillud, Sigali, Nery Domínguez and Cvitanich. Marcelo Díaz, who is recovering from a meniscus operation, will be one more variant, since the Chilean is an old acquaintance of Pizzi after his time at La Roja.
The DT wants him on the squad, despite the differences they had when the Argentine was coach of the Chilean National Team.
Once again, The Academy will be in the Copa Libertadores in 2021 and of course, the intention is to improve the image of recent times and be the protagonist of the two tournaments.
But the Academy knows that it must go step by step, a phrase that is well known and always brings back good memories for Avellaneda.
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