Gustavo Alfaro took on a new and unprecedented challenge. The experienced coach, who was unemployed throughout this year after passing through Boca Juniors, took the reins of the Ecuadorian team. “I did not come here to fulfill a work contract, I came to live the best stage of my life professional “, warned Rafael in his presentation.
Alfaro, confirmed for this new position on August 26, will replace the Dutchman Jordi Cruyff in Ecuador, who left without directing even a game.
The 58-year-old Argentine coach arrived this morning to that country and in the afternoon he spoke with the press together with the president of the Ecuadorian Football Federation, Francisco Egas Larreategui.
“My coaching staff and I will do everything possible so that Ecuador is in the next World Cup,” Alfaro promised. Its coaching staff will be made up of Carlos González and Claudio Cristofanelli as field assistants, Sergio Chiarelli and Pedro Arbelaiz as physical trainers and Alejandro Monograsso, as video analyst.
Aela, Patronato, Quilmes, Belgrano, Olimpo, San Lorenzo, Arsenal, Rosario Central, Al-Ahli Arabuia Saudita, Tigre, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Huracán and Boca, was the path that the Santa Fe coach traveled before assuming his first challenge In principle, Ecuador is the first obstacle that the Argentine national team will face on their way to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
In any case, the date of October 8 agreed for that match to be played in La Bombonera still has A question mark, despite FIFA’s ratification, due to the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic in South America. In that direction, Alfaro referred to the eventual presence of Lionel Messi in that meeting: “It is not the same Whether he is there or not, but Argentina with or without Messi can have a great level. “” He achieved a structure that contains the players, beyond the details. He made a group inside and that’s an advantage ”, he analyzed.