Velez Sarsfield: Meet Flamengo's rival in the Libertadores semi-final

Velez Sarsfield: Meet Flamengo’s rival in the Libertadores semi-final

Velez Sarsfield will be Flamengo’s opponent in the Libertadores semi-finals. Argentina eliminated Talleres in the quarter-finals with a 1-0 away win on Wednesday. Before, he had knocked out the traditional River Plate in the round of 16.

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Alexander “Cacique” Medina took charge of Vélez in May after his dismissal from the Internacional. Returning to Argentina, he manages to assemble a team that is safe in defence, who knows how to make use of his attacking talent to turn the opportunities created.

Medina was sent off in the second leg against Talleres and must not be on the bench for the first leg against Flamengo. Recently, the coach also starred in an expulsion in the Argentina Championship, when he conquered the field and Take down an opponent in a duel with Godoy Cruz.

Alexandre Medina, coach of Velez Sarsfield – Photo: Getty Images

Janson is Vélez’s biggest highlight in Libertadores. He is the runner-up, with seven goals, and was decisive in the playoffs. Against River Plate, he scored the 1-0 win in the first leg, which was enough to guarantee the rating. Against Talleres, he scored two goals in the first match and gave a pass to Julian Fernandez’s goal which declared victory in the second leg.

Soon, Janson showed good anticipation and good use in the air game. He usually plays openly on the left wing, frequently enters the area to finish play and also prepares plays for his teammates.

Jansson celebrates a goal against River Plate – Photo: Disclosure / Velez Sarsfield

Medina made Velez 4-2-3-1, with a 4-4-2 difference. The defense is resolute, led by defender de los Santos – veteran Godin, one of the new reinforcements, off the bench.

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Full-backs Yara and Ortega are strong in defence, but they do not risk attacking. Safety was shown in depth in both playoffs against Rivers and Talleres, when Velez knew how to defend the advantage in away matches.

In midfield, midfielders Peroni and Garayaldi Gouda are on the lookout, but they also know how to start attacks, although they don’t appear much up front.

Prato, of Velez, battles the ball with Enzo Diaz, of Talleres – Image: Getty Images

The main difference in Velez relates to the strikers Bo and Prato. It’s common to see one of them fall back a lot to help set up plays, turning a 4-4-2 into a 4-2-3-1 at certain times. Prato, the veteran, has a bit more rhythm, while Poe is strong at set pieces and knows how to move.

On the sides, play the two names with Vélez’s highest technical quality. The jersey number 10 Orellano is a footballer who plays on the right. He has a lot of talent, but he did not participate much in matches against Talleres. On the other hand, Janson was instrumental, not only in the creation but also in the finishing.

Julián Fernández is another fruit of the Vélez base, as well as the most famous Orellano and Perrone. At the age of 18, the striker was decisive in both matches against Talleres, scoring the winning goal in both matches. He is left-handed and also plays wide on the right – not for nothing, he has replaced Orellano in both games.

The Velez reserve celebrates Julian Fernandez’s goal – Image: Getty Images

Velez came second in the third group Libertadores, which included Estudiantes, Nacional and Bragantino. The team added eight points with two wins, two draws and two defeats.

In the round of 16, Velez eliminated the mighty River Plate. In the first leg, at home, he dominated the match, but left with a meager 1-0 victory. In return, he showed his defensive strength, maintaining a 0-0 draw, despite the controversy over a disallowed goal. Suarez at the end of the departure.

Against Talleres, the Velez made their technical superiority prevail. Inside, he opened the match with a score of 2-0, witnessed the opponent’s reaction and drew, but secured victory in the end with Julian Fernandez. On the way back, in Cordoba, he knew how to catch the opponent and kill the match with a counterattack.

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