The Uruguayan, the most regular player in the squad, is self-critical after being eliminated from the Copa Sudamericana.
Emelec could close a catastrophic first half of the year if it does not claim against Independiente del Valle in LigaPro Serie A next Sunday, in a match for the penultimate and fourteenth day of the first phase of the championship, in which millionaires need to add three points to continue in the leadership of the table and thus try to alleviate the bad drink of the humiliating defeat against Talleres de Córdoba that caused the elimination in the group stage of the South American Cup, when the common objective of the club was to reach the final of the tournament.
The captain of the millionaires, Sebastián Rodríguez, this Thursday in an interview with EL UNIVERSO acknowledged that the squad is still in pain, but it is not destroyed, because another Emelec mission is to win the first stage of LigaPro to secure a place in the Copa Libertadores 2022. And, “yes or yes”, to be national champion next December. For all that, the electricians first have to win against Independiente.
Fully assuming his role as captain of the Bombillo, Rodríguez was very self-critical with the presentation of his team in the duel with Talleres.
“We did not really value what we were playing for, we did not realize the opportunity we had and we did not come out with humility. I think that took its toll on us ”, he began.
“I just think it was that he did not come out with humility and he left too confident, and not with confidence, which is a big difference, that qualifying was already in place; and that perhaps, as Talleres was eliminated, he was not going to play the game he did. In the first 45 minutes he passed us a bill that ended up being fatal ”.
The Uruguayan assured that Emelec at no time underestimated the Argentine team for having arrived in Guayaquil eliminated from the contest and presenting three casualties (Federico Navarro, Diego Valoyes and Franco Fragapane). (D)