The 2019-20 season was our third at Racing Club and our most successful one with us winning 5 trophies in a match packed season. I also managed a first time personal achievement in that we went all season in the Superliga undefeated with a record of 40 wins and 6 draws that extends our unbeaten League run to 62 matches which I am very pleased about. The key to the success was most definitely in squad management with game after game in an heavy schedule. The standout players over the season were Pablo Cuadra, Giovanni Simeone, Marcelo Meli and the wonderful Maximiliano Lovera who is a dream to manage and a worthy wearer of the coveted number 10 shirt.
Although we eventually won the league 16 points it was not until the last 8 or 9 games of the season that we started to pull away from Boca Juniors who really did push us upon till then. After 3 seasons in Argentina I have decided to take the save to pastures new and ran a poll on twitter to see what the opinion was about Milito’s future which the majority voted for a move to a European club. So after 3 very enjoyable seasons and 10 trophies later Milito will move in to Europe.
Cruziero were our opponents in the Recopa Final played over 2 legs with the first leg in Brazil drawing 2-2. The 2nd leg in Avellaneda was a very good game with Cruziero putting up a fantastic rear guard performance. We needed an 82nd minute Pablo Cuadra goal to win the game by a single goal to nil retaining the Recopa for a second year running.
Derby day in the Supercopa saw us lock horns with our neighbours Independiente and performance of the highest order from our number 10 Maximiliano Lovera who I can’t praise enough he is a sublime player and well worth investing in. We ran out easy 3-0 winners with Lovera netting 2 of our goals.
We landed in Canada for the Semi Final against New York City FC with a fit squad so I picked a mix of first team regulars and back up players in the hope of retaining the fitness of our squad in the event of reaching the final in just a couple of days. We raced in to a 4-0 lead in just 14 minutes which allowed me to rest a further 3 players in the 2nd period were we scored once more to win the game 5-3 and set up a rematch from last years final that we lost easily against Atlético Madrid and Diego Simeone the former Racing Club player, manager and father of our frontman Giovanni Simeone. Atlético will also be fielding Luciano Vietto another former Racing player and brother of our very own Federico Vietto. With the sub plots written the game kicked off with both sides looking strong but it was Maximiliano Lovera who opened the scoring with a penalty on the half hour mark to put us 1 up and just 4 minutes later sub plot number 3 Giovanni Simeone put us 2-0 up against his dads bewildered team. Now I know what this game is like so I switched mentality and closed the door on Atlético until the break. This is in our hands don’t get complacent. The inform Pablo Cuadra put us 3 up in the 58th minute, Atlético were out on their feet and we put the game to bed when Rodrigo Amaral netted in the 74th minute. A 4-0 win and Fifa World Club Champions and a feeling of satisfaction.
Probably the most pleasing of cup wins after a very dominating campaign that saw us lift our 2nd Libertadores title back to back with Pablo Cuadra scoring 20 goals in the overall competition that included a return of 10 goals from the Semi Final stage. There is no doubt the Cuadra, Simeone partnership was outstanding with wins over Boca Juniors, River Plate and Cruzeiro along the way.
The big story was Lautaro Martinez’s transfer to Manchester United for £120m after the English club met his release clause. Martinez was wanted by an host of top European Clubs but I never expected this. Incoming Lucas Romero, Facundo Colidio and Alexis Mac Alistair all playing a big part in our 2nd half of the season with games coming thick and fast squad rotation was vital.
Racing Club The Milito Years Honours
What Next For Diego Milito?
After days of speculation Diego Milito was named manager in Milan but not at his beloved Inter, the Argentine manager is the new manager at AC Milan. Milito signed a three year contract with the club who have taken a fall from grace in recent years. During Milito’s time at Racing outgoing Milan manager Vincenzo Montella as had 2 fourth place finishes and last year a sixth place finish that prompted the Chinese owners to make a change and Milito is their man to try and restore the club back to the glory days. Milito had plenty of the clubs courting him but when Milan came knocking it felt good. The last 3 seasons in Serie A have produced 3 different title winners in Juventus, Internazionale and last seasons winner Napoli. The boards expectations for this coming season are to qualify for the Champions League and reach the Europa League Final.