Talking about the confrontation between Atlético Nacional and Millonarios is referring to a classic from yesteryear. However, this March 11 will bring special condiments.
Those led by Alberto Gamero, focus their main attention on the Copa Libertadores and on qualifying for the next phase at the home of Atlético Mineiro on March 15, after having drawn a goal at the Nemesio Camacho el Campín stadium.
“I think you work normally, you don’t have to change, it’s just a game. Sure it has a different characteristic, because it’s a classic, but these are the games that don’t worry you because they generate special motivation”, said Paulo Autuori, Nacional’s coach when asked if there is a different preparation taking into account the rival.
For this reason, the blues arrived in Antioquia territory with the majority of the youth squad. Among those chosen, those called to show experience and caste are Álvaro Montero, Juan Carlos Pereira and Fernando Uribe.
Nacional, on the other hand, is absent due to injury, such as Brahian Palacios, who has a meniscoplasty on his right knee and will have to wait 6 weeks to return to training.
Jhon Duque is also facing problems with his knee with a grade 2 sprain. Sergio Mosquera has a muscle injury in the anterior rectus muscle and the call to score goals this semester has not been able to play again since February 13, 2023 due to a muscle injury in the hamstring.
Millonarios has a streak of five games without losing at the Atanasio Girardot, after two wins and three draws. Eder Vergara, for his part, will deliver justice and Jorge Guzmán will be in the VAR.
“We think in the League, we are going to have a competitive team, which has had its matches together. It is getting a good result, trying to make the group have friction, they already had an option against Cali, Caldas and now against Nacional. It will be like that, because with the group stage we will have matches on Wednesday and we cannot have the entire squad ”, Alberto Gamero, Millonarios coach, said about the selection of the roster with mostly youth players.
The meeting is part of the tension between purslane fans and the vice president of the institution, Benjamín Romero, due to his past in the ambassador team. His arrival at the two-time Copa Libertadores-winning institution has generated threats including funeral pamphlets.
For this Saturday’s game, valid for matchday 8, the entry of visiting fans is not allowed. For this reason, the Paisa fans took advantage of the situation to launch a campaign in which Romero was prohibited from entering the maximum sports arena in the city of Medellín, since, according to what they argue, he is a follower of the blue from Bogotá.
How would the teams be formed?
National: Kevin Mier; Andrés Román, Cristian Zapata, Juan Felipe Aguirre, Danovis Banguero; Nelson Palacio, Sebastián Gómez, Nelson Deossa, Dorlan Pabón, Yerson Candelo, Tomás Ángel. DT: Paulo Autoori.
millionaires: Alvaro Montero; Israel Alba, Oscar Vanegas, Jorge Arias, Andrés Murillo Segura; Kliver Moreno, Juan Carlos Pereira, Nicolás Arévalo; Luis Paredes, Jader Valencia and Fernando Uribe. DT: Alberto Gamero.