Nacional will seek this Thursday to turn the series against Peñarol for the Eighth finals of the CONMEBOL South American Cup, where in the first leg the Bag fell as a local 2 to 1 in the Great Central Park. Coach Alejandro Cappuccio prepares various changes in the starting team for the match that will be played this Thursday at 9:30 p.m. in the Champion of the Century.
It is clear that the first thing that the tricolor team must modify is its performance, now forced even to score at least two goals in the coal stadium to feed its illusion of qualifying for the next stage of the tournament. To do this, a more offensive eleven will be sought and the first thing to change is the left back, leaving the team Christian Almeida and passing Camilo Cándido from the line of flyers to the defense, a place he occupied in the classic that the Bag won 2-0 last July 4 for Apertura (Cándido played the last 10 ‘of that match as a midfielder).
In the local championship, where Nacional won with goals from Brian Ocampo and Cándido, coach Cappuccio had lined up Sergio Rochet, Laborda, Guzmán Corujo, Nicolás Marichal, and Cándido, Gabriel Neves, Facundo Píriz, Joaquín Trasante, Ocampo, Alfonso Trezza and Gonzalo Bergessio. In last Thursday’s classic for the South American, the coach placed Almeida as the starter and removed Trezza.
What will happen on the other side is one of the big questions, fighting for the position Armando Méndez, Ángelo Gabrielli and Mathías Laborda himself, naturally a defender. In the event that Méndez enters, Laborda could remain as a starter, but in central defense alongside Guzmán Corujo.
In the midfield, Felipe Carballo is the one who is sure to start as a starter, although the coach could change the three midfielders who played in the first leg (Píriz, Neves and Trasante). Therefore, there are also great possibilities that Emiliano Martínez will reappear as a central midfielder instead of Píriz, being able to be accompanied by the aforementioned Carballo and Maximiliano Cantera. In this case, it would be striking that, given so many variants, Alfonso Trezza, a tricolor player with greater dynamics than Cantera, is not included.
In attack, the return of Argentine Leandro Fernández is a fact, who did not play against Peñarol in the Apertura because he was injured and was not at the command of the classic for the South American since he had to serve a suspension match.
It is clear that all the tricolor unknowns will only be revealed when the official form is delivered. Passing on clean, the main doubt in defense is who will make up the central defense with Corujo (Laborda or Nicolás Marichal) and in the midfield it is expected to see how many changes Cappuccio will finally make, and if Maxi Cantera or Trezza enters, the three more players being confirmed offensive: Ocampo, Fernández and Bergessio.
Thus, with these questions, the probable of Nacional in this rematch against Peñarol is with Rochet in goal, Méndez, Corujo, Laborda and Cándido; Ocampo, Carballo, Martínez, and Cantera or Trezza; Bergessio and Fernández.