A classic to take off between UC and Colo Colo

A classic to take off between UC and Colo Colo
A classic to take off between UC and Colo Colo

Last March 30th was the premiere of Tiago Nunes at the helm of Catholic University. With very few training sessions in tow, the student team tied 0-0 with Huachipato. On that same day, in the afternoon, Colo Colo They beat Everton 4-1 at the Monumental stadium, prior to their debut in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores against Cerro Porteño (1-0 victory). Three weeks have passed and few predicted that the panorama would change so abruptly.

While the UC experienced an uprising with the new DT, the Cacique has fallen in the domestic sphere. So much so that the Crusaders appear above the Albos in the table, by two points, unthinkable precisely three weeks ago (or more).

This is one of the reasons why it stands out the 185 version of the classic between two traditional institutions, which have forged an increasingly bitter rivalry. Although both casts began the season with high aspirations, the course of the campaign has made the road winding.

Infographic of the classic 185 between crusaders and albos.

Under the guidance of Nicolás Núñez, Católica never found a convincing and Cruzados had to activate plan B: a new technical change. Blanco y Negro also opted for a different coach, with the support of their international campaigns. The point is that what was exhibited in the Libertadores is not replicated in the National Tournament, in which Colo Colo lost half of the games it played.

Seeing how the U tops the table, undefeated, This Saturday’s clash on the Santa Laura field serves as a trigger for whoever wins, and thus definitively fight at the top of the classification. Of course, there is a statistic to consider: the lack of goals in recent editions. On 16 occasions they have drawn 0-0, and a quarter of them happened between 2020 and 2023. Along the same lines, UC has not beaten Colo Colo at home since 2018, when Beñat San José’s team (which ended up being champions) won 1-0 with Luciano Aued’s penalty.

Both crossed and albos have casualties. In the host, Eugenio Mena will not be there due to suspension. His replacement will be Cristián Cuevas. Today Guillermo Soto was ruled out, which forces the defense to change. From the middle forward, the base that surpassed Cobresal and Iquique, respectively, is projected.

On the opposite side, Jorge Almirón (he will not direct due to suspension) was forced to reformulate the defense, due to the absences of Brayan Cortés, suspended, and Óscar Opazo, injured. On the right wing, Jeyson Rojas and Bruno Gutiérrez are the cards. Unlike other matches, the coach will have his best contingent for the classic, despite the fact that on Tuesday he has a key duel for the Libertadores against Alianza Lima, in Santiago.

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