The team led by Ariel Holan added their first failure after the Copa Sudamericana farewell and they are focusing their efforts on the national championship.
With the arrival of the first reinforcements, Byron Nieto, Alexander Aravena, Guillermo Burdisso, Eugenio Mena and Franco Di Santo, Catholic University began to shape the ambitious project of 2023, when he mainly faced the life that follows the departure of his references José Pedro Fuenzalida, Germán Lanaro and Luciano Aued.
Looking for a stadium that will welcome them permanently as San Carlos moves towards its 2.0 version, with Santa Laura committed in all its aspects in favor of the club crossed, plus the fact that it is in the Metropolitan Region, where there is more concentration of crossed fans.
On the penultimate Friday of December 2022 the UC topped the Chile Sub 20 Selection with goals from Fernando Zampedri and Diego Ossa (Joan Cruz discount).
“The idea of the teacher started to be seen a little bit, which he tries in every training session, and it was very positive because we started to function more as a team in transitions between defense and offense”, Guillermo Burdisso shot down after beating La Rojita. “Personally, I feel more adjusted. I’m still missing in intensity, Ariel’s teams are very intense. I’m very happy with how the group welcomed me into the locker room and made me feel part of it right away. The friendly matches serve us to test different tactical systems. You see a very involved group, who asks for the full 100% every training. We will be able to translate that later in the official matches,” he added in statements offered by Cruzados.
To close 2022, UC defeated Magallanes 3-0 and 4-1 in two games of 70 minutes each, the monarch of Primera B who returned to honor football. César Pinares, Fernando Zampedri and Gonzalo Tapia beat Manojito in the first match, while Milan Tudor (2), Luis Felipe Hernández and Tapia re-entered in the second, including a reduction from Yorman Zapata. “Against Magallanes we saw a more established team, much better within what the coach wanted,” said Ignacio Saavedra at a press conference.
The first friendlies for the public? In his second test he won with the minimum against Talleres. This, after the trip to Concepcion when They thrashed Oriente Petrolero without much resistance of Bolivia completely dominating it with brutal strikers. To close the preparation phase, a 1-1 draw was played with Rosario Central (goal Gonzalo Tapia).
For the local tournament kicked off by beating Everton as a foreigner and -locally- in Concepción they defeated Curicó with 3-1 for fall in Coquimbo in agony. At the end of the fourth date couldn’t get through the draw against Cobresal wasting the chance to climb to the top. in the fifth, bounced back with a major comeback against Audax in La Floridaas he climbed to the top in the sixth after beating Palestino in El Teniente, a state he maintained after giving Ñublense an agonizing 1-2.
Anyway, then missed the first goal of the season saying goodbye to the Copa Sudamericana fall into the hands of Audax Italiano who edited it againor in the supplement and will play the group stage for the first time in its history. Back in the league, he salvaged a 2–2 draw against Unión Española at La Portada thanks to a brace from Fernando Zampedri in the second half and let the win slip away after drawing a draw against Magallanes at the Florida Bicentennial. Now UC will take advantage of the tournament break to play a friendly against Deportes La Serena at La Portada ahead of the Modern Classic against Colo Colo.
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