Coach Ricardo “Tigre” Gareca was officially presented today as Vélez’s new coach, replacing the Uruguayan Alexander Medina in that role.
Gareca, who comes from directing the Peruvian team, signed a one-year contract with the Liniers entity.
This is Gareca’s second step in charge of “Fortín”, after his previous management that took place from 2009 to 2013, in which he won four First Division titles, and reached a semifinal of the Copa Libertadores de América.
“It is an immense joy. Being in charge of the team is something expected. We are very happy, immensely happy like all my family. Vélez makes people feel good, regardless of how one may do. It is an honor for me that Vélez gave me the chance again”said the coach accompanied by manager Christian Bassedas, president Sergio Rapisarda and vice Diego González.
In addition, the former Talleres coach did not contain his emotion at the welcome of the fans at the José Amalfitani: “For the people I only have words of gratitude. For the messages and for how they treated me from the first time. The Vélez fan always treated me very well. Hopefully we can live up to it. A great responsibility awaits us. It is a privilege to be here”.
In that line, he expressed: “I hope I can live up to this stage because of how it is as an institution and as a club. We really like the squad as we have seen it, I saw it when I lived abroad and now and I always left with a good feeling. When Christian called me and Sergio (Ndr: Rapisarda, president of the club) It gave me the opportunity to be in charge of the institution again. I liked the challenge”.
Besides, gareca He revealed who could accompany him to the front of the Fort as his working group: “Vélez gives me the possibility of being able to bring people, I have to be thankful because it is a cost. Maybe I can count on “Turu” (Jose Flores)to Patrick (Camps)I know him as a child. We are analyzing it, it is not something concrete or defined.”.
“Until now, the coaching staff will be made up of Sergio Santín as field assistant, Néstor Bonillo and Ernesto Colman in physical preparation, as well as Leo Torrico as goalkeeping coach. One more field assistant will remain to be defined”the coach explained.
Finally, the former DT of the Peruvian team indicated: “In Vélez you always have to win. The bar is always high. It’s a great, winning institution, that’s how history shows it and this is no exception. You have to win”.
At the end of the conference, the coach went to the playing field where thousands of fans were waiting for him in the north stalls of the José Amalfitani stadium to cheer him and sing to him, something that visibly moved the fans. gareca Until tears.
Gareca’s debut will be next Monday, March 13, when the Liniers team receives Platense from 9:00 p.m.
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