That coach who celebrates the first international title of Defense and Justice has left the comfort zone. Took risks Hernan Crespo because he knew he had to relaunch his career as a DT. A first misstep in Italy’s Modena in 2015 had left him marked. The years that followed were restless. It was there that he decided to leave Europe after 22 years and return to Argentina, to his country, to the house of his parents of Vicente López. It was not a simple decision because there would be his family, his wife Alessia and his three daughters: Nicole, Sofía and Martina, who were at the Mario Alberto Kempes.
“I had not seen my daughters for a year. In life you have to make sacrifices and you don’t have to give up in dreams. I bet on this group and it paid off”, Assured Crespo in the press conference. And he declared without hesitation: “It was the best game in the club’s history. The game these guys played is crazy ”.
Banfield was the first team to bet on Valdanito. The passage through the Drill was not entirely positive for the 45-year-old coach, the same as Marcelo Gallardo. But he left a stamp on Banfield, a mark: offensive football, uninhibited and with a strong youth presence.
Crespo, champion of the South American with Defense and Justice. (AP)
Crespo finished receiving coach in Defense and Justice. Not only for the glittering achievement, but also for his momentous decisions. The figure of the South American Cup was the scorer Braian romero (10 goals) and the best of the final was Adonis Chilly. And those two players have particular stories with Crespo that deserve to be highlighted.
Braian Romero marks the second in Defense and his tenth in the championship. (EFE)
Braian Romero had not found a course for years since he left Argentinos in 2018 to reach Independiente. He had stood out as a winger on both bands. He did not have continuity in Red and neither in Athletico Paranaense, where he played on loan in 2019. He returned to the cast of Avellaneda and they warned him that they would not take it into account. Crespo did not hesitate to call him and neither to change his position: he placed him as center forward. It was a rebirth. “Before the final I thought that in the middle of the pandemic they told me that they would not take me into account in Independiente,” Romero acknowledged. And he added: “It is the first time that they give me so many games of 9. Hernán’s virtue that makes the team play around me.”
Adonis Frías was rescued by the coach from anguish. And it is that the youth thought that he would no longer have opportunities in the Hawk, the club of his loves. The 22-year-old central defender endured several injuries and went on loan to Los Andes in 2018. He played very well and returned with high expectations. But Mariano Soso did not take it into account and trained separately. Crespo’s arrival was a before and after: he started playing and didn’t come out again. This Saturday he scored his first goal in Primera. “Hernán was encouraged to put me in First and for that I will be eternally grateful”said the one born in Florencio Varela.
Adonis Frías opened the scoring in the final. (EFE)
“Without the players you can’t do anything and they played an exceptional game. It is not easy to play a final like this. The coaches put up an idea and the players bench it and believe. We are the players, ”Crespo explained. And he closed: “I want to congratulate Luis Zubeldia for the work he has been doing at the club for years. I won today but I’m no better coach than him”.
With the title, Defense pocketed $ 4 million (6,575,000 in total), qualified for the group stage of the next Copa Libertadores and will play the finals of the Recopa Sudamericana and the Suruga Bank. Yes, Hernán Crespo has objectives in the near and medium term to continue growing as a coach.