The technical director of Deportivo Cali stated that Colombian soccer owes a lot to the game philosophy established by Maturana and placed his professional colleague in the same shelf of the famous Spanish technician
Deportivo Cali coach Jorge Luis Pinto compared Francisco Maturana to the famous coach Pep Guardiola. Image: VizzorImage.
With the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, soccer, the most popular sport in the entire history of the planet, became the main point of conversation in the public sphere, especially for those fans who live it with the greatest possible passion. Now, with the break that all the clubs are experiencing, there is a space to talk about the legacy that some clubs have left over the years and their main references.
About this dialogue , participated the Colombian technical director Jorge Luis Pinto, who mixed the Colombian soccer of the past with some of the most important game philosophies of today. In a conversation with the podcast, Efemérides Bibliored, the coach of Deportivo Cali remembered the former coach of the Colombian national team, Francisco Maturana and praised him by comparing him to one of the most recognized strategists in the world.
In his statements Jorge Luis compared 'Pacho' Maturana with the renowned Manchester City coach , Pep Guardiola, who has been one of the benchmarks of the 'tiki-taka' style of play and who led him to such success during his time at F.C. Barcelona. Pinto affirmed that in his time, Maturana implemented the same style of play that Guardiola has today:
“I know that now we talk about Guardiola in the 21st century with Barcelona and others, but 'Pacho' in the World Cup in Italy managed possession of the ball. He even received criticism because they told him that the ball went from east to west and not from north to south like the orientation of the courts… So he created a model and a feeling of a very important shirt for Colombia”
Later, he recalled one of the fundamental pillars in Maturana's game and made it clear that people should not forget that 'Pacho' managed to establish an original style within a team with great talents:
“Francisco Maturana is a good experience of our football. A very good technical-tactical development with principles of the zonal system… because we must admit to 'Pacho' that he also managed possession of the ball. That should not be denied to the world”
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To close his statements, Pinto talked about his personal experiences in past World Cups and those he remembers most fondly. Regarding this, the coach recalled the Brazil team of 1982, which had great world stars:
“The Brazilian team in Spain 82 with Falcao, Sócrates and others. I was very close to that team because the physical trainer was my study partner… I was also a great admirer of German soccer in all the World Cups. It is the most semifinalist and finalist country in history, that was always a great learning attraction.”
In addition, it did not leave behind the famous Argentina team of 1986 that managed to be crowned with a Diego Armando Maradona as the main symbol of what football was at that time:
“We all went to see Maradona because he was the big draw. Personally, I saw him up close in the 1986 World Cup just like Falcao and Sócrates in 1982″.
Currently, Jorge Luis Pinto works with the Deportivo Cali squad to rebuild a competitive team and get them out of the low places in the table, which the institution has been around since the end of last year.