Torrealba lands new coaching gig

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Former Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs forward José Torrealba has been appointed as the technical assistant at Venezuelan Primera División side Deportivo Lara.

The 40-year-old has returned to his former club, where he served as a player between 2012 and 2014, after being hired as the technical assistant to newly-appointed head coach Martín Brignani for the upcoming 2021 season. He previously held a similar role with Estudiantes de Mérida.

"I am grateful for the possibility of returning," Torrealba told the club's website earlier this month. "When I first arrived here, I said that I was coming home because all my father's family is from here and lives very close to the Metropolitan Stadium, so it is to go home. 

"Somehow what happened to me when I had my first opportunity with Estudiantes is repeated with Deportivo Lara, so I am very happy and very grateful for this opportunity. I see how much the institution has changed, that fills me with great joy and great satisfaction to be here, seeing how they have evolved."

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The former Masandawana goal-getter took charge of training the first team recently while Bringnani was stuck in his native Argentina due to the coronavirus pandemic, and stressed that he would be expecting a high level from the players ahead of the domestic and Copa Libertadores campaigns.

"I was chatting with some players and our philosophy of work does not differ much from what has been done," the former Venezuela international said. "First, to achieve a level of competitiveness, which they already have, because they have earned it by hard work and having frequently achieved participation in international competitions.

"The style of play is very similar to what we want, which is aggressive, we like to press quite high, try to recover as soon as possible and as far as possible from our goal, then get possession and control the ball which allows us to be in control of the game and seek to win it.

"So, that is more or less what we are going to work on from the tactical point of view, it does not differ much. We are open to other schemes, but we are going to evaluate it as long as we are working...We feel that we have a group that can maintain competitiveness within the local tournament, of course, the most urgent thing is to get ready for the Cup which is in a month, but we feel that we have a good squad.

"It is important to integrate the youth so that they form part of the regular team and that they feel present, that they get the chip that they are protagonists, all are important and when each of them is needed they are ready. Those who are arriving must adapt, to the group, to the institution and to the city, as soon as they do it will be better for everyone."

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