The captain returned to the starting position after having lost his position to Robert Rojas, this time he played for Paulo Díaz who had been sent off against Huracán and also found himself with an injury. Pinola had a correct game against Arsenal in the 2 to 1 victory, he started playing as a center back but ended up as a side – position he knows – after the departure of Milton Casco due to a muscle injury.
Once the game was over, he said: “We had changed the way we played a bit, we had another way of playing, not so much possession but more direct attack by the players we have. This triumph adds confidence for the games to come”, In relation to the beginning of 2021 when the Biggest faces Boca on January 2 and Palmeiras on January 5 for the semifinal of the Copa Libertadores.
“Playing left back against Boca will be a decision of the coach, I am prepared for what he has. There are five days left for the injured to recover and then we will see, hopefully everyone will be available ”, said the captain of the Biggest about the possibility of taking the place of Fabrizio Angileri and Milton Casco, who left injured. But he also referred to the current moment of the two most popular clubs in the country that are fighting Group A of the Championship Zone and also the Copa Libertadores: “We are fighting in everything with Boca, we are standing out, but I try to think only of us. Obviously with respect for the rival but he trusted in our strengths ”.
Pinola did not want to go beyond the next meeting: “It can be a very nice start to the year, but we must not divert the focus of attention to the next game. We know that the classic is very nice both for Argentina and for the whole world “, and also analyzed the rival of the most important tournament in South America: “Palmeiras is a tough opponent, they lost an important player like Felipe Melo. It is a fast team, more than anything from the midfield forwards, but you do not have to get ahead”.