What for many teams was the push they needed to cheer up and play, Independiente was counterproductive. What for many teams was a mental clean and jerk, for Independiente it was a pressure that they still cannot control. Since the return of the public to the Argentine soccer fields, the soccer downturn deepened in Avellaneda and attacked the objectives set by the professional team. Julio César Falcioni said it and the numbers say it: a victory in six games, 15 points from the top of the standings and far from the qualifying positions for the next edition of the Copa Libertadores. And … the capacity ones are not wooden.
The before and after of Independiente in the championship.
“The arrival of the public, with pressure and demand, makes the performance not the best”confessed the Emperor after the weak image that Red left in his visit to Rosario. The 0-1 against Newell’s did nothing more than reveal the disadvantages of a formation that does not react and that, as if that were not enough, has a short squad with few variations to modify the situation in which it finds itself.
In the first leg of the tournament, Independent was fighting upstairs product of six wins, four draws and three losses, adding 56.4% of the points until the 13th date. At that time, he was seven points behind Talleres de Córdoba, the leader of the Professional League.
Nevertheless, Since the return of the fans at the beginning of October, a very deteriorated version of Rojo has been seen: no operation, no ideas, little clarity with the ball and a performance commensurate with the moment. The thing is barely obtained 33.3% of the units in dispute, a fact that distanced him from River, the current leader of the championship, and from the Libertadores area (at the moment he is getting into the South American 2022). The results? Triumph with Unión, brown against Vélez, Gimnasia and Sarmiento, and falls against Aldosivi and Lepra.
Now, he will have a litmus test on Saturday, at 18, against Arsenal and with his people at Libertadores de América, where he must change the chip. Will it or will it not?