Manolo Jiménez is a ‘Ciclón’: the Sevillian shines as a coach in Paraguay

Manolo Jiménez is a ‘Ciclón’: the Sevillian shines as a coach in Paraguay
Manolo Jiménez is a ‘Ciclón’: the Sevillian shines as a coach in Paraguay

Cerro Porteño is sweet. The ‘Ciclón’ has gone six games without losing and has not known defeat in the League since the arrival of the Spanish Manolo Jiménez to their bench, who already worked at the Asunción club as a coach trainer. Despite facing the last league day with a large number of theoretical substitutes, Cerro Porteño won 4-0 against Juan León Mallorquín’s General Caballero and will visit Libertad, current leader of the Apertura, with the possibility of assaulting the first position of the board. “Cerro is ready to compete against anyone, but being a champion is not something that should be talked about at a press conference; “You have to prove it on the field.”Jiménez recently discovered before the media. The Andalusian arrived on the ‘Ciclón’ bench in March, when the Barça club was third and eight points behind Libertad. Everything is very different now.

Before the arrival of Manolo Jiménez to the Cerro Porteño bench, the ‘Ciclón’ had only won three of their last 10 games. With the Spaniard at the helm, Cerro has only lost once and it was by the minimum (1-0) against Colo Colo in the Copa Libertadores. Despite this defeat, Cerro keeps his hopes alive of advancing to the round of 16 of the international tournament. Much more so after his great performance against Marcelo’s Fluminense, current champion of the Libertadores, who could not go beyond 0-0 on their visit to Asunción. “I think the team has been very intelligent and we deserved the victory more than them,” Jiménez confessed after the goalless draw against ‘Flu’. “I will never be satisfied with a draw. In my life I have known how to play a game to tie because when you go out with excess caution against a great team, the normal thing is that you lose.”added the Andalusian coach, who has given Cerro extraordinary defensive solidity.

Since Manolo Jiménez was announced as the new coach of Cerro Porteño, the Asunción club has played eight games with a record of six wins, one draw and one defeat, scoring 14 goals and conceding only two – one of them a penalty and one the league victory against Sportivo Trinidense. In fact, Cerro has managed to keep a clean sheet in six of these matches, leaving irregularity behind and establishing itself as one of the most reliable teams in the Paraguayan championship. The ‘Cyclone’, which He had not gone five official matches without conceding a goal since mid-2019, will visit Libertad in its best moment of form of the season. Despite arriving on the Barça bench at a difficult time, Manolo Jiménez has achieved results that have helped the fans of the ‘Ciclón del Barrio Obrero’ regain their enthusiasm for winning the championship, something they have not achieved since 2021. If he wins against Libertad, Cerro will reach the Superclásico against Olimpia as the great favorite to win the title. A hypothetical title that would make Manolo Jiménez the catalyst for the resurgence of a historic club like Cerro Porteño.

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