Deportivo Cali finished its preparation to receive Junior de Barranquilla this Saturday for matchday 15 of the Colombian league, at 8:15 p.m. at the Cali Stadium in Palmaseca. Mathematically, the sugar team still has the last chance to qualify among the top eight in the tournament, but they must win the remaining 6 games and always, the classification threshold is 30 points.
The team after Tuesday’s match for the Copa Libertadores against Boca Juniors, the group returned to training the next day with physical recovery exercises, while those who did not participate did differentiated work. During Thursday and Friday the team trained normally preparing for the match against Junior.
Initially the only casualties of the team are: Yony González who was injured against Boca and will be out for a couple of weeks due to a grade 2 tear, Sebastián Leyton who received the fifth yellow card against La Equidad and apart from having physical difficulties, Oscar Segura who was expelled against the insurers and Jhon Vásquez who still has to pay two sanction dates for the red card received against Cortuluá.
Before the game, coach Rafael Dudamel analyzed what it will be like to face Junior: “it is a squad of great individual quality with a coach who recently joined the club and who will be looking for the best form for his team, they have had normal results within a first stage, but a team like Junior and in such a demanding position, they always demand much more from him and it is a group that surely will not forgive him for falling against Deportivo Cali, but we beyond the situation of the rival , we seek to win, continue with this joy and that we maintain that competitive spirit that we showed against Boca”.
He then affirmed that the team will have changes: “we are going to have some variants, but if there is something that I have learned in this game dynamic so often due to the experience lived in South Americans, qualifying rounds and now in the local tournament, it is that when the matches end from the adrenaline, they can’t be taken
decisions. They must be refreshing, recovering, one is talking with them, reviewing the exams from the medical part, and then making decisions.
Deportivo Cali has gone five games without losing to Junior in the First Division (2 wins and 3 draws), its best unbeaten streak against Barranquilla in the top flight since at least 2002. In addition, the sugar producers have scored two goals in three of the four most recent duels (7 in total).
Deportivo Cali has three games without losing in the Liga Dimayor I-2022 (1 win and 2 draws), its best streak so far in the tournament. After beating Cortuluá in their last home game (2-1), the Caleños could link victories at home for the first time in 2022.
Junior defeated Alianza Petrolera in his last game in the Apertura 2022 (3-1) and seeks to link victories for the second time so far in the tournament, after having won three games in a row between February 20 and March 5.
Deportivo Cali is the team that has received the most goals at home in this Apertura 2022 in the second half of the match (7), with four of them in the final 15 minutes.
Luis González, from Junior, averages 0.7 goals per game in this Liga Dimayor I-2022 (five goals in seven games), the best average for any player in this tournament.
Humberto Acevedo; Juan Franco, José Caldera, Jorge Marsiglia, Christian Mafla; Jimmy Congo, Carlos Robles, Michell Ramos, Teófilo Gutiérrez, Kevin Velasco (Duván Mina); Agustin Vuletich (Angelo Rodriguez).
Stadium: Deportivo Cali.
TV: win sports +
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Antioquia)
VAR: Fernando Acuna (Boyaca)
Juan Andres Arias Arias
Correspondent Futbolred Cali
On twitter: @AriasJuan_15