Alianza Lima traveled to Venezuela this Monday in search of a victory against Estudiantes de Mérida that will serve as a balm to reverse the bad streak of results accumulated in the Peruvian league.
The Blue and White team will resume their participation in the maximum continental tournament with advantageous conditions over their rival, who will face their first match since the suspension of the tournaments by COVID-19.
In addition, Estudiantes de Mérida will not be able to have their coach, Argentine Martín Eugenio Brignani who was unable to return to Venezuela in time to lead the team in this match.
For both teams it will be the opportunity to score the first points in the Libertadores after having lost their respective matches in the first two days.
While Estudiantes de Mérida was defeated 1-2 against Racing de Avellaneda and 1-0 against Nacional de Montevideo, Alianza Lima lost 0-1 against the Uruguayan team and 1-2 against the team Argentine.
For Alianza will mean the international debut on his bench for Argentine coach Mario Salas who has not yet been able to win a match since he took the reins of the Lima team in the middle of the break caused by the pandemic.
Salas accumulates three draws and one defeat in the local tournament. The only victory to his credit was obtained in the offices of the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF), which gave the three points to Alianza in his match against Binational whose COVID-19 cases within his delegation prevented the contest from taking place.
The Chilean coach traveled with 22 players, a payroll where the midfielder Carlos Ascues does not appear by technical decision, while neither is the Chilean forward Patricio Rubio, who must serve a suspension match for dragging a sanction, and the injured Peruvian attacker Luiz 'Beto' Da Silva.