Deportivo Independiente Medellín will have a hectic schedule this April, where they will have to face eight matches, four for the Colombian League, three for the Copa Sudamericana and one for the Colombian Cup. The trips and wear and tear that this section of the local championship takes its toll on Julio Comesaña’s squad, who will have to manage his payroll to complete both competitions.
The first match that Medellín will have in April will be next Saturday 2 at 2 in the afternoon against Envigado Fútbol Club at the Atanasio Girardot stadium. The powerful will have a great opportunity to add three points that will leave him closer to the classification. In front will be the orange team that had competition in the middle of the week in the Colombia Cup.
Five days later, on Thursday the 7th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Defensores del Chaco stadium in Asunción, the powerful will start their participation in group E of the South American Cup by facing Guaireña from Paraguay, a team that had to move their hometown, because, in Villarrica, hometown of the ‘albiceleste’ club, their stadium does not meet Conmebol’s conditions to host international matches.
Three days later, on Sunday the 10th, at 7:35 p.m., at the Daniel Villa Zapata stadium in Barrancabermeja, Medellín will visit Alianza Petrolera. A rival that is complex for the Antioquia team, considering that the last time they were able to defeat it was in 2017. Since then, four games have passed, with two defeats and two draws for the Reds.
On Thursday, April 14, Independiente Medellín will have the second match in group E of the Copa Sudamericana against Ecuador on October 9, it will be the only match for this instance that those led by Julio Comesaña will be local at the Atanasio Girardot stadium, with which, they are forced to add a victory so as not to give up ground in that fight for first place in their area. This meeting will be played from 7:35 at night.
On the weekend of April 17, Medellín receives Unión Magdalena at the Atanasio, for date 16 of the I-2022 League. Another opportunity to add a victory and practically qualify for the semifinal home runs. Taking into account the difficulty in finishing off the championship and its strength playing as a local. This match is with date and time to be defined.
On April 20, Medellín would face its first leg match for the round of 16 in the Copa Colombia at home, being one of the Colombian teams in the international competition, it will start from that instance. His rival will be one of the winners of phase III that are in competition and remain to be drawn.
After this meeting, the powerful must visit Atlético Bucaramanga on the weekend of April 24 at the Alfonso López stadium in the beautiful city. On his last visit to this stadium, the powerful won by the minimum, which brings back good memories in the city of parks.
Due to Maluma’s concert at the Atanasio Girardot stadium, Independiente Medellín had to give up the venue for the match against Internacional de Brasil and go to play at the Hernán Ramírez Villegas stadium in Pereira. This match will be played on Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
In this way, Medellín will play three home games (two in the League and one in South America) and four away games (Asunción, Barrancabermeja, Bucaramanga and Pereira), a tough challenge for Comesaña and his team. Not to mention that the classic against Nacional cannot be played at the Atanasio due to Maluma’s concert and the dismantling of the stage and the trip to Guayaquil, Ecuador to face October 9. Games that would be for the weekend of May 1 and Tuesday May 3 respectively.
Juan Camilo Alvarez Serrano
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