Jhon Duque spoke with time and great, great enthusiasm, about what this 2023 season represents for Atlético Nacional, again under the command of Paulo Autuori.
The midfielder spoke to the press after recovering from surgery that kept him away from the pitch for nearly four months, but which is now a distant memory. “It has been a long recovery process. It was a surgery that was not so simple, but it will surely lengthen my career. It is something that motivates me a lot. I have felt very good and happy with what the training sessions have been like, ”he explained.
What he found, now with Autuori and the reinforcements, is a novelty in a team that is criticized a lot for the great comfort zone that it has been for many players: “there are very hungry teammates, with a lot of desire to do important things and to stand out. No one feels like a starter or substitute. They work to earn things, “he revealed.
Duque, who played the last friendly against Envigado in Guarne (1-1).
The man from Bogotá even anticipated tactical details of the possible 4-3-3 module, in which the Brazilian coach has used it: “It is a line of three in which the interior midfielders have a very good responsibility for attack and defense, they are very mixed , and the midfielder has to adapt to that… he has to provide important support and many times he has to go out to areas of the field where he is closer to the rival goal”, he commented.
The seniority of men like Cristian Zapata excites him: “Having references like Cristian helps the group too much. We’ve only been in preseason for a short time and he’s a person who leads by example,” he concluded.
Atlético Nacional will debut in the Betplay I League 2023 receiving Once Caldas, on January 26.