Néstor Lorenzo, about to be champion with Melgar from Peru before directing the Colombian National Team | Colombia selection

The amazement at the appointment of Néstor Lorenzo as the new coach of the Colombian National Team has been giving way to the expectation of a man who, although he has experience in qualifying as José Pékerman’s assistant, still has to clear up any doubts due to a career that barely begins and in which there is no title.

Voices like that of Jorge Luis Pinto have caused a stir, because in statements to FUTBOLRED he has made it clear that a resume with stars and weight to lead the tricolor is not a minor detail: “Néstor Lorenzo has no status to lead the Colombian National Team “, said. He is not the only one with that perception.

That is why what happened last weekend is important for Lorenzo, nothing less than a 0-1 victory for Melgar against Sport Boys, which has allowed him to consolidate himself at the top of the Peruvian championship with 37 points and place himself only two games away. of his first title as DT.

The Argentine team has 4 units more than Sport Huancayo, his closest rival, who has one less game. If he manages to beat Atlético Grau (local, June 24) and Alianza Atlético (visitor, July 3) he will not depend on anyone and will be champion, just what he needs to clear up any doubts. Even a combination of results could give him the crown, but it is a fact that the first option is in his hands.

It is worth mentioning that the coach will not take charge of the national team until the round-trip duels of the round of 16 of the Copa Sudamericana between Melgar and Deportivo Cali (June 29 and July 6), just at the end of the Opening Tournament. Peruvian. If he is lucky he will go out through the big door on one side and arrive by that same route to his new destination. Everything is in his hands.

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