Sunday, October 1, 2023

“I wouldn’t do it”: a historic coach’s pain at the absence of Bravo in La Roja

Jorge Garcés arrives at the Monumental Stadium to watch the Chile-Colombia game with a very elegant look, in keeping with his style. The coach, who has not coached since his last spell at Santiago Wanderers, warmly agrees to a conversation with AS Chile, although he is aware that the absence of a historic player hurts him. WHO? Claudio Bravo.

– What do you think it’s not here?

– That Claudio would have wanted to rest to come to these games… strange games that were made (north of R: friendlies against Cuba and the Dominican Republic), with rivals that… if we had played without a goalkeeper , I certainly wouldn’t have noticed that. A player like Claudio, like Alexis (Sánchez), like Arturo (Vidal), like Gary (Medel), like all these boys of this great generation, I cannot deny them their vacation and limit their call-ups later. I wouldn’t do it, but it’s a personal opinion.

It’s something that concerns you…

– For me, Claudio, although not the best, was one of the two best (goalkeepers) in the history of our football. I have incredible affection and respect for everything they have given us. I’m sad that some like (Jean) Beausejour, (Mauricio) Isla are gone, the boy (Eduardo) Vargas who scored so many goals… but hey, life is like that, nothing is forever, nothing is for always.

Jorge Garcés’ incredible prediction about La Roja’s two big upsets

Shortly before the start of the Chile-Colombia game, Jorge Garcés praised two players who were a mystery to many. Who is it? Rodrigo Echeverría and Matías Catalán.

“I saw Rodrigo a lot because I often watch the Fifth Region games. He is undoubtedly a player who has many conditions. “I think he will be fine and I hope he is fine because he has a lot of illnesses,” he said of “Eche.”

“We saw the Catalan ‘boy’ on screen in Argentina and the fact of playing in a more competitive and demanding environment gives you a certain guarantee. Without doubt. We hope they play a great game for the benefit of Chile,” ‘Peineta’ told AS. And he wasn’t wrong. Both were the big figures of La Roja against Colombia.

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