The year begins but the objective is the same, to win. In Alliance Lima They have set out to reach glory for the second time in a row – something they have not achieved since the 2003 and 2004 seasons – so they have been training in double shifts at the Colegio Inmaculada facilities. Under the command of Professor Carlos Bustos, the Blue and Whites aspire to achieve the long-awaited ‘Bi’ and compete in the always complicated Copa Libertadores.
In La Victoria they know that they cannot waste time, so they have been demanding themselves to defend the national title. To achieve these objectives, they maintained the base that the championship achieved last season, let go of players who did not settle in the team and added some additions that would add to Carlos Bustos’ scheme.
For example, players like Steven Rivadeneyra (goalkeeper), Jonathan Lacerda (defender), Dylan Caro (defender), Erick Canales (defender) and José Manzaneda (midfielder) they left the Victorian institution. Of all those mentioned, only the Uruguayan Lacerda participated in the finals – he entered the second half of both games – while the rest did not have minutes or did not win a place throughout the season.
As for reinforcements, Carlos Bustos targeted experienced players both in the Peruvian tournament and in the national team. Thus, Christian ramos (defending), Pablo Lavandeira (midfielder), Darlin leiton (extreme), Franco Zanelatto (extreme) and Piero Vivanco (midfielder) came to Victorian store. It should be noted that the last two players were loaned to Alianza Atlético de Sullana and Sport Boys. The last reinforcement – in the absence of official confirmation – is the goalkeeper Jonathan Medina ex Sport Boys.
With these additions, Alianza Lima thinks only and exclusively about obtaining the bicampeonato and competing in the Copa Libertadores. The first objective has not been achieved since the 2003 and 2004 seasons, in which they beat Sporting Cristal in both finals. As for the latter, we have to go back to 2010. At that time, the Blue and Whites managed to advance to the round of 16.
Since that moment, they have added countless defeats at the international level. So much so that they had the record for the most lost games in the Copa Libertadores, 22 to be more exact. That is why Professor Carlos Bustos, along with his stars such as Jefferson Farfán, Hernán Barcos and Pablo Míguez, will seek these objectives that have eluded them for so long.