02: Not that bad of a start
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After a decent pre-season tests against lower tiered teams, we are finally good to go. It is usually difficult to keep a cool head in the moments before a debut, but the moments before a debut with so many uncertainties are nerve-wracking. So many reasons for pre-season anxiety: we are the worst team in the Promedio table, and the press is being on our shoulders telling how incapable of great accomplishments we are.
The worst part of listening to daily bullshit from the media is that they are right. This team is not exactly brilliant. At least we could have a test at the Copa Argentina 6th Round before the league starts, so we can have a nice measurement of how competitive we can be. As we are not expected to deliver anything out of this competition anyway, we can ease the pressure on our backs.
Copa Argentina debut
At least that was what I thought until the results of the draw.
Picture: Diario As
As the journalists were thrilled, the Pincharratas showed no emotion to the draw whatsoever. For them, it looked like routine: face Gimnasia and defeat them in the Clásico. Again.
As I try to keep my poker face, I hope that no one knows how pissed off I am. Jeez, a Clásico Platense now? I don't think I'm ready and this squad is definitely not ready. I was expecting to be more prepared to a Clásico as we go, but that's not how it works, I guess.
More than that: seeing how they don't seem to give a damn about this draw makes me angry. Being looked down upon is annoying in any situation, but being looked down upon by our rivals, the ones we live to face and defeat, that makes me angry. My blood was pumping: we have to defeat these guys.
You know whose blood was pumping too? Tijanovich's. Estudiantes' Lucas Rodríguez received from the all time legend Javier Macherano and got clattered from behind by our winger. 6 minutes in, red card for Tijanovich. It doesn't get any easier, does it? All I could do right now was park the bus and hope for a miracle.
The miracle didn't came, as Iván Gómez took an inch-perfect free kick on Carrizo's top right corner at the 18th minute and scored the solitary goal of the evening. We managed not to concede afterwards, but ended up being completely harmless to Mariano Andújar's net. As the match stats show, we were lucky by not being totally thrashed by our rivals.
San Esteban's Clássico Platense count: 0-0-1
Superliga Argentina: first semester of the 19/20 season
On the other hand, I'm glad to announce that we didn't do bad at the Superliga. We started up with a 2-1 win over Newell's away from home, which apparently was far from expected. I'm glad for such colorful color palette, with some greens and yellows among the reds.
We are still no match for the best teams in Argentinian football, as we went far from causing Boca, River, and San Lorenzo any upset. The lowest point of the semester was the crushing 4-0 defeat against Argentinos Juniors away from home, but the totally unfair 0-2 upset against Banfield was the defeat that infuriated me the most. I know, it happens.
Fortunately, we have some upsides to present. We can be glad that we grabbed some wins, including an unnecessarily emotional 3-2 win over Unión, if you don't bother winning always by the tightest of margins. We have also achieved some heroic achievements, such as the bizarrely late winner against Arsenal and the undeserved tie against Lanús after being 2-0 down. Lucas Barrios, the veteran, has been our top scorer, finding the net 8 times.
San Esteban's Clássico Platense count: 0-1-1
Note: I'm not finding the printed screen of the Promedio table at this point nowhere in my PC, and there is a high chance I forgot to print it in the first place.
This better-than-expected first semester puts us in the very last spot of the Copa Sudamericana qualifying berths:
The calendar, however, is not our friend. We are yet to play away from home against Huracán, Aldosivi, Racing, and Talleres. The only team that I expect to beat is Aldosivi, but as they have being overachieving this season, not even this match is a guaranteed win. We have only two home games left, against the top-flight Independiente and the wonderkid-wonderland Vélez Sarsfield, and I don't expect to win any of them.
Our children are our future
If our adults are pretty much rubbish, I'm very pleased - and relieved - to see that there is actually some talent in our youth academy. The latest shipment brought to our side of La Plata a lot of useless players, but the presence of Horacio Bauzá made my sunshine brighter. There is plenty of expectation over this boy, and he could even be leaving us for some top-flight European football in the future.
Other talented players, not as promising as Bauzá, but with a great potential for the Argentinian football are the strikers Tomás Muro and Ivo Mammini, and the right back Rodrigo Rodríguez. Any suggestions on how to better polish these gems would be welcomed.
Questions about the Promedio: I've seen that the peculiar relegation system of the Argentinian football has risen some curiosity. I will answer directly your questions, and, if you want me to, I could gladly find some time to write an article about how it works and what do I think about it.
- @OneMoreGame: the Promedio system defines the relegated teams only. Titles and continental berths are defined through different methods.
- @Griffo: that is a very good question that actually demanded me some research. And no, if you get back to the highest level, all your past sins are expunged and you get a fresh start.
@ScottT there is a lot of things I like and I dislike about this system. During the first seasons in FM it's a bummer, because the game is less balanced than real life and recently-promoted teams are fatally more prone to relegation than they would be
@CAJ1924 pensa pelo lado positivo, to levando LA PASIÓN SUDAMERICANA pro mundo hahaha
@trolie this is a story of underachieving sides, so of coure you can cheer for el Ciclón
@Zed thanks mate, gonna try it out
@TheLFCFan thx mate, you won't regret it... I hope
@Justice thank you!
@Griffo being the one for a tale of mediocrity is quite an achievement, actually
@Jack at least it is all going fine, let's hope he can keep it up!