The first leg of the final is played this Wednesday in Medellín. 

Atlético Nacional and Deportes Tolima spend the most anguished hours of the championship, those happy hours that precede a final. In these moments of maximum tension, two players get ready to be protagonists in the final, one is Dorlan Pabón, an experienced man of a thousand battles who returned to the green to be champion, again; the other is Ánderson Plata, that attacking engine that the vinotinto team has and that also wants to be champion, again: they are two different styles, but two key men to fight for the star.

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Dorlan Pabón is already a heavyweight.< /b>34 years. A long career, many courses covered, many teams, many goals. He returned to Nacional in July 2021 after terminating his contract with Monterrey from Mexico. He returned to the team where he exploded for football, where he gained momentum on the field, and where he already knows what it is like to play finals and win them, he did it in 2011. And after his return, he already won a Colombia Cup, the one in 2021. But he came back to achieve another star, that is your challenge.

“I am happy with what we are experiencing, nothing is easy and we have not yet achieved anything, we are with our feet on the ground, and with the help of players like Jarlan Barrera and Andrés Andrade the game is very good, they have quality. I am calm, focused on the objective, we have a great rival in front of us and I think that Nacional has been doing a very good job. This gives us the motivation to keep going”, said Dorlan recently, who will be able to play in the final, since the sanction he has pending for reaching five reprimands in the match against Junior will be paid in the second half.

Thus that Dorlan is ready, enabled, he did have physical discomfort in the match against Junior that set off the alarms, but he is one of those players who is not to miss a final.

Dorlan He has 6 goals in 21 games this campaign. He scored important goals, like in the visit to Atlético Bucaramanga, in home runs, and against tough rivals like Junior, Santa Fe or Cali. Dorlan Pabón is just right for those most transcendental matches, when you need his experience, his leadership.

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“This team is prepared for everything, we are in good physical condition, we prepare ourselves day by day to be in the best shape. All of us who are here are going to contribute. We are focused on what we do, well prepared physically and mentally. Whoever wins the title is the one who will be stronger, and we don't want surprises like last year”, said the attacker a few weeks ago, when the final was not yet a reality for the purslane.

Silver, a dangerous off-roader

On the other side is a very different player, with other characteristics, but who is also a vital piece, in this case from Deportes Tolima.< b>Ánderson Plata is a player who carries a lot of weight, because he scores few goals, and when they ask him, he answers honestly. “It's just that I'm not a scorer,” he repeats. But he scores his goals, he has scored 5 this season, and the most important thing is the work he does, that of exploding with his speed and control of the ball. Silver will always be a problem for the opposing defense. And if he costs him the goal, he has assists, and that speaks of his work.

“Everything is flowing, the confidence, the work, the experience that one is having with the games. I think that all of this influences one's growth day after day. I am one of those who, when I make a mistake, always try to improve it. Little by little we are doing things right. We hope to continue like this for the good of the team”, said the 31-year-old attacker recently, who won the star with Tolima a year ago, and the Super League, and who, in addition, was champion with Santa Fe (Liga, Superliga and Suruga Bank ) and with Atlético Paranaense from Brazil (South American). I mean, he knows how to play endgames.

Y when he scores, he scores important goals, like the one he scored against Medellin in the home runs, at the Atanasio Girardot, that was the goal that earned half a pass to the final. Then, Plata said: “All goals are important; for me, many of the goals that I have scored are important, hopefully I can score in the finals if we qualify for the finals. I celebrate all the goals to the fullest because it is not easy to score a goal.”

Pabón and Plata are two different attackers , who were already champions with those teams, but who are shaping up to play a close final, in which they carry a lot of weight. The star begins to fight this Wednesday.

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