Diego Maradona He will debut on Sunday as coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, which is last in the Argentine Super League and in the relegation zone to the Second Division. The technician must get the best out of an austere squad without great figures.
1. THE FOREIGNERS
There are five foreigners in the team: Colombian defender Janeiler Rivas, Paraguayan midfielder Víctor Ayala, Uruguayan midfielder Brahian Alemán, Venezuelan striker Jesús Vargas and Paraguayan forward Pablo Velázquez.
2. AN UNDISCUTED GOALKEEPER
The team's goalkeeper is Alexis Martín Arias, 27 years old. He spent his entire career in the Buenos Aires team and is one of the team's benchmarks. In this Super League Argentina received six goals in five games.
3. TORSIGLIERI AND LICHT, THE LEADERS OF THE DEFENSE
One of the most prominent defenders is Marco Torsiglieri, 31, who played for Vélez Sarsfield, Boca Juniors, Racing Club, Lanús, Sporting Lisbon, Almería, the Ukrainian Metalist Kharkov and Mexico's Monarcas Morelia .
The other benchmark in defense is Luchas Licht, who is 38 and played for Getafe and Racing Club.
4. A VARIED MIDDLE
The area of the center of the field is where more variants have Maradona. Franco Mussis and Agustín Bolivar are defensive midfielders with great aptitude to recover the ball and make relays.
Mussis made his debut at Gimansia in 2012, had a brief stint at Copenhagen and Genoa and in 2015 he reached San Lorenzo, where he achieved the best performance of his career. The 27-year-old midfielder returned to Gymnastics in January, but is far from his best.
The most creative and offensive midfielders are Paraguayan Víctor Ayala (who played in Paraguay, Saudi Arabia and Ecuador) and Uruguayan midfielder Brahian Alemán (who played soccer in Uruguay, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia and Argentina's Unión de Santa Fe and Arsenal).
Aleman, a technical, intelligent and skilled player, is considered by many to be the best player on the team. Ayala, despite having an intermittent level, is another of Lobo's outstanding players.
5. A FORWARD WITH VELÁZQUEZ AND INEXPERT PLAYERS
The only attacker in Gymnastics with a vast career is the Paraguayan Pablo Velázquez. The 32-year-old striker played in Paraguay, Mexico, Colombia and also Argentinean San Lorenzo de Almagro. Velázquez was noted for his ability to pivot.
Another important forward is Claudio Spinelli, who is only 22 years old, debuted in 2017 and arrived at the club in July. Spinelli made his debut in Tigre, was loaned to San Martín de San Juan and then was signed by Génoa, who loaned him first to Crotone, then to Argentinos Juniors and finally to Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. However, he failed to stand out since his arrival at the La Plata team.
The rest of the forwards have little experience.
6. MARADONA'S DEBUT AS WOLF TECHNICIAN
Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata will host Racing Club this Sunday in the sixth day of the Argentine Super League at 11.00 local time (14.00 GMT). For this match, 'Pelusa' will not be able to count on Colombian defender Janeiler Rivas or striker Lautaro Chávez due to injuries. The attacker Khalil Caraballo, sent off the previous day (1-0 loss to Argentinos Juniors), will not be available either.
7. THE PROBABLE ALIGNMENT
Alexis Martín Arias; Leonardo Morales, Manuel Guanini, Marco Torsiglieri, Luchas Licht; Franco Mussis, Víctor Ayala, Maximiliano Comba, Brahian Aleman, Horacio Tijanovich; and Pablo Velázquez. EFE