The DIM played well this semester. The change in attitude among footballers since the arrival of coach Alfredo Arias is obvious. Unlike what happened in the 2023/1 season, the team will now face each rival with the intention of dominating the game. It doesn’t matter if you are a visitor or a local. That’s why it’s at the top of the table.
The reinforcements that have arrived have made him more powerful. Goalkeeper José Luis Chunga fit the team like a glove after the injury to Andrés Mosquera Marmolejo, who was a starter and will be out until the end of the year. The Barranquillero responded well to the demands.
In the eleven games played so far in the Clausura tournament, DIM only scored 9 goals. It is the fourth team that has conceded the fewest goals. Only Águilas Doradas (7), Huila (7) and Atlético Nacional (8) surpass him on this point.
For the red team, which scored 32 goals in the 26 games of the local tournament last semester (20 in the round robin and 6 in the semifinal home run), the performance of José Ortiz and Joaquín Varela was decisive and center fielder Diego Moreno (who also scored contributes), which made the defense stronger.
Pay an outstanding debt
There is another ingredient that has given the People’s Team strength: offensive work. However, they need to improve because they create a lot of chances to score and don’t take advantage of all of them, which is why they missed out on important points in the five games they drew.
DIM is the sixth team to have scored the most goals in the league with 14. They are surpassed by América (21), Junior (19), Nacional (16), Águilas and Santa Fe (15). In this area, Edwuin Cetré stands out, who handled the goal well (he is the second highest scorer in the tournament with 6 goals).
The man from Cali, together with Luciano Pons, Ánderson Plata, Déinner Quiñones, Andrés Ibargüen and the rest of his teammates, has the duty to confirm this Monday against Millonarios (8:50 p.m.) why they are among the teams with the best performance in the Clausura tournament.
For this they will be able to rely on the support of their fans at the Atanasio Girardot, which has been the fortress this semester: of the 6 home games (one took place in Ditaires) they won 4 and drew the remaining 2.
The red team is coming off a 1-1 draw against Tolima and will be looking for their first win against Millonarios in 2023. Of the three games they have played so far this year, the blue team has been victorious twice and drawn in the remaining game.
On the 12th day of the Apertura, Millonarios won 2-1 and in home runs on the first day they tied the Atanasio 2-2. In the second leg, the ambassadors won 2-1. However, the teams led by Alberto Gamero have not won on the Antioquia stage since August 24, 2022. That day they won 0-2 with goals from Luis Carlos Ruiz and Carlos Gómez.