San Lorenzo was involved in problems at the start of the 2001 Clausura, with arrears in salaries that generated considerable discomfort in the establishment. In the preseason and due to differences with President Fernando Miele, coach Oscar Ruggeri resigned and the Clausura began with an internship of Victorio Cocco and Víctor Doria. For the third date, a coach practically unknown to the local media arrived, the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, who to add drama to the story he was going to write, debuted with a defeat on the Racing court.
But the now lofty coach was going to build one of the first great achievements of his career, conquering the local tournament. But let’s go to parts …
After assuming and trying to order a dressing room that was tired of debts and excuses, he scored two successive wins that tempered his spirits and generated confidence between the coach and his team. A 2 to 0 to Belgrano and 1 to 0 to Almagro in the Platense court. Affirmed first in a solid defense that undoubtedly comes from memory in the football fans: Tuzzio, Amelli, Coloccini and Paraguayan Morel Rodríguez, who in addition to patrolling the left wing, became owner of the ball stopped with his powerful and precise punch.
However, like any good story, it was going to be suspenseful. On date six he equalized with Huracán, after a rude mistake by Saja and in the seventh, he fell 3 to 1 with River, who was the leader at that time and with the victory he took 5 points ahead of the club in the table. Boedo.
However, that would be the last match in which San Lorenzo would go without points in the tournament. Moreover, he was going to build several records going forward: that of consecutive wins in the first division, with 13 (11 from the Clausura and the first two from the following ton, surpassing Independiente’s streak in the 30s) and a record of points in short tournaments. with 47.
The victories were crowding: Vélez (2-0), Colón (3-1), Central (3-0), Independiente (3-2), Talleres (3-0). And after this win in Córdoba, he became one of the leaders of the tournament, which was going to play with his last winner before the streak, River.
But the Cyclone continued to blow strong: Los Andes (1-0), Estudiantes (5-0), Chacarita (4-0), Boca (1-0). Two dates were missing and the parity with River was not settled: the Engineers visited Argentinos in the Ferro field and there they beat Checho Batista’s team 2-0 with goals from Bernardo Romeo (he was going to finish the Clausura scorer, with 15 goals ). The players stayed on the court waiting for the River clash to end, which faced nothing less than Huracán and in Tomás Adolfo Ducó he received the least expected hand, when Huracán defeated River de Américo Gallego by 3 to 2.
On June 10, 2001, the Azulgrana team became champion of the Clausura tournament by winning the last match against Unión de Santa Fe, 2 to 1, at the Pedro Bidegain stadium.
🙌 Who better than Manuel Pellegrini to tell how that unique conquest that turns 20 today was created?
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