Universidad Católica and Colo Colo will meet in the final of the Super Cup

Santiago de Chile, Jan 22 (EFE) .- Universidad Católica, the current four-time Chilean soccer champion, will face Colo Colo this Sunday for the Super Cup final in the first official match of the 2022 season prior to the start of the National Championship. This is the first great challenge of the year for both clubs, where the crusaders will seek to win the crown for the fourth consecutive year against a rival who disputed the 2021 star until the last dates of last season. Those led by Cristián Paulucci are the favorites to win the cup, while their coach has established himself in the position by returning the vertical and intense game that, at the beginning of the previous season in the hands of the Uruguayan Gustavo Poyet, the club had lost. “The balance is very positive. We are very happy. The boys who have joined are doing well, working hard with attitude and desire,” Paulucci said at a preseason press conference. “We are working for a very hard and difficult match on Sunday. We will try to win and give another title to this great institution,” he added prior to the duel with the albos at the Ester Roa Stadium in Concepción, in the south of the country. However, Católica has not yet closed its reinforcement list for this year and only has midfielder Sebastián Malani (former University of Chile) and winger Lucas Melano (former Central Córdoba) confirmed, while Edson Puch, Gastón Lezcano left the bench. , Juan Cornejo and Juan Fuentes. For their part, Gustavo Quinteros’ pupils have had an intense pre-season in Argentina, where they faced none other than Boca Juniors. In that game, Quinteros particularly highlighted the performance of the young center back Bruno Gutiérrez, who entered during the complement of the game and promises a strong presence this season. In addition, the Cacique has the holding midfielder Esteban Pavez, the extreme Cristián Zavala and the forward Juan Martín Lucero as confirmed reinforcements. The match will be played days before the double qualifying date for the 2022 Qatar World Cup that Chile will hold by first receiving Argentina and then visiting La Verde in La Paz, duels for which Católica and Colo Colo have three called by Martín Lasarte. EFE ssb/car


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