It was not the best presentation of the aurinegro in the quarterfinals of the continental event, both home and away defeats: 0-1 and 4-1 for a 5-1 aggregate against him. This Sunday he returns to the FutVe League, faces Carabobo FC at the Pueblo Nuevo stadium
Homer Duarte Corona
Deportivo Táchira…not the best team in the world…but not the worst either. When they qualified for the quarterfinals of the South American Cup, leaving the legendary Santos from Brazil on the way, bells were thrown to the wind, for the most furious fans of the aurinegro, the team had the arguments to get Independiente del Sol out of the way. Valley and go after the semifinal round.
But the Ecuadorian club itself came down from the cloud not only the Venezuelan champion, but also the most optimistic, taught good football and organization, with enough gallons to fight for one of the places in the grand continental final, backed by the good squad he has, in addition to a very important track record in the international context: champion of the Copa Sudamericana in 2019, runner-up of the Copa Conmebol Libertadores in 2016, after losing in the grand final against Atlético Nacional de Medellín, together with the conquests in Ecuadorian territory.
The yellow and black did not see light in the double confrontation against the champion of the “half of the world”; setback in Pueblo Nuevo due to the minimum difference in the first leg and a resounding 4-1 in the second leg in Quito, for a 5-1 aggregate, without a doubt total superiority of the Ecuadorian team.
Did the lack of payment discourage to the yellow and black campus…?
Conflicting positions, divided opinions; For some, the players’ statement demanding the payment of back wages was not timely, prior to the double confrontation against Caracas FC, the National Classic, and the double duel in the quarterfinals of the South American Cup against Independiente del Valle; while others are of the opinion that the members of the yellow and black collective had every right to claim, since they are parents, human beings who have their commitments as ordinary citizens.
There were sequels…? In a certain way, yes, the players lost concentration, the emotional part was key, because one thing would have been to face Caracas with their daily salaries, and another with a three-month debt, days before the two FutVe League matches and the Copa Sudamericana, together with the match against Zamora FC.
After playing the four games, two in the Ligsa FutVe and the two in the quarterfinals of the Copa Sudamericana, the aurinegro barely tied with the capital team, one point out of three possible, and came away empty-handed during his visit to Barinas, game of day 23 of the domestic tournament; and in the two round trip matches against Independiente del Valle they did not add anything either, to be left out of the continental event.
If there hadn’t been that parenthesis of the players’ claim for lack of payment, would the situation be different at this time in the hosts of the aurinegro in terms of results, some wonder…? Yes and no, because to be honest, none of the four commitments prior to the team’s statement were comfortable, simple; all of high caliber, both the doubleheader against Caracas and Zamora, and even more so the pair of games against Independiente del Valle.
As the culmination of this journey, barely one point out of a possible six was added against the Ávila Reds and Zamoranos, which leaves the national champion in the G-4 on edge with 35 points, backed by the setbacks of Deportivo la Guaira and Caracas against Deportivo Lara and Hermanos Colmenárez, respectively, something like a kind of champion.
The same or worse luck ran in the double quarterfinal match of the South American Cup, two setbacks against Independiente del Valle by 0-1 and 4-1 and a global 5-1 in favor of the Ecuadorian team. The positive, the fact of having eliminated one of the continent’s greats in the round of 16 of the cup event, Santos from Brazil.
A single front: FutVe League
Eliminated from the Copa Sudamericana, Alex Pallarés and his players have only one battle left to face, the domestic tournament, getting into the Group of four or the G-4, from where the Venezuelan representatives will come to the Copa Conmebol Libertadores in 2023 and the right to challenge for the campaign title if it ends 1-2 at the end of the knockout round.
Although it is true that Deportivo Táchira has already faced rivals with greater power, it is no less true that in the next seven games, four at home and three on the road, they have direct enemies left, who also aspire to a place in the G- 4: Carabobo FC, which they face this Sunday at 7:15 p.m. at the Pueblo Nuevo stadium, separated by only one unit and then visits Deportivo Lara, located in box 14 with 22 units, which is still a stumbling block, test hence the good performances in the last two games, tight setback against Puerto Cabello as a foreigner and victory against Deportivo la Guaira at home, led by the young coach from Tachira Jesús Ortiz.
On matchday 26 he receives UCV, on paper he should win the three points; on the next date he visits Puerto Cabello, a direct rival that is flying and right now has 34 points, one difference from yellow and black; on matchday 28 they will host Hermanos Colmenárez, a complicated team, revealed in the last matchday that accounted for Caracas as a visitor; in the 29 he travels to Maracaibo to face Zulia, tenth in the table and closes with Estudiantes de Mérida in Pueblo Nuevo.
Despite facing only three direct rivals, who fight for a place in the G-4: Carabobo, Puerto Cabello and Estudiantes de Mérida, the others are already eliminated from any qualifying option, they are teams that are still complicated, they always want to beat them Deportivo Táchira, they do not make it easy for the aurinegro.
Definitely, seven finals await Mr. Alex Pallarés and his team with a view to qualifying for the G-4, he cannot blink, the black-and-white, forced to win all four home games and scratch points on the road if he wants to qualify for a spot to the just liberating clubs and the fight for the 1-2 that gives the chance to fight for the title of the 2022 season.