Reynoso's metamorphosis: rotations, the innate defensive style and the attacking priority of his teams

Whether it was because he was a successful central defender or perhaps the influence of Marcelo Lippi’s Italy, which he analyzed in his pininos for a month at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Reynoso applied these characteristics to most of his teams. , which have led him to win seven championships in his record, the last two being abroad with the ‘Máquina’, where he ended a 23-year drought without achieving glory. “What is it to be a buzzard? Who has the authority, the titles won or the recipe to say who is a buzzard?”, he added.

But is he really such a defensive coach? On paper, Reynoso would arrive with a very different bet from Ricardo Gareca. It is true that he highly values ​​the defensive aspect, but the goals of his teams, or the intention of danger to the rival goal, come in several ways: attacking on the counterattack, by means of long balls, priority to open and fast wingers, skipping lines and looking for the ‘9’ of reference, even with two points as his stage with the ‘Machine’. That fan concludes that, throughout his career, the clubs he directed never lack a goal. Now, based on statistics, we are going to verify it in the teams where he left his mark and titles.

  • Lots of goals! Every time he completed a tournament as a coach, Reynoso always had a very favorable record of goal difference.
CLUB YEAR GF CG
Bolognese (Closure champion) 2007 27 fifteen
academic (champion) 2009 59 32
Melgar 2014 44 33
Melgar (champion) 2015 51 22
Melgar 2016 68 48
Melgar 2017 69 42
Blue Cross (champion) 2021/2022 94 71
*Stats at local tournament level

The ‘Machine’ was unstoppable

In many duels, in his year and four months at the helm of Cruz Azul, Reynoso did not blush to withdraw, wait in his area and go out quickly on the counterattack, perhaps that was his specialty and the reason why he won – as we mentioned – the appellation of “ratonero” by the Aztec press. However, looking at the statistics, we notice that this plan worked perfectly for him: he won two titles with the ‘cementeros’. Likewise, he had a very favorable balance of goal difference: 94 for and 71 against. Moreover, in Clausura 2021, the year of the league championship, the Uruguayan Jonathan Rodríguez was the third highest scorer in the tournament, with nine goals.

Juan Reynoso’s Cruz Azul, above all, was characterized by working hard on the defensive line, always seeking numerical superiority when it came to defending. He almost always used 4-1-4-1 or 4-4-2. He jumped the lines to avoid pressure and thus take the rival badly. At the time of attacking he did it forcefully, with speed and quick transitions. That would be what we see from now on in the Peruvian team”, assured Julio Ibáñez, a journalist from TUDN Mexico and who closely followed the process of the ‘Cabezón’ with the ‘cementeros’.

‘Dominated’ the rival goal

Reynoso had stages with a more offensive game, as in his almost four years in Melgar, where he assumed prominence mainly at the height of Arequipa. His winger speed, solid defense and versatility were key for him. For example, their 2015 champion Melgar, with 51 points, was the second highest scoring team that year, only behind Sporting Cristal (68). Ysrael Zuñiga (19) and Bernardo Cuesta (12) were the top red and black scorers of that campaign.

The visible face of Melgar was that of an orderly team, well placed and experienced. The other face of his had to do with the exclusive details of Reynoso: one of them, the strict rotation in his squad, which ended in an incredible fact. The ‘Cabezón’ never repeated a team in the 51 games that the ‘Domino’ played, for example, in 2016, the year of the runner-up they lost to Sporting Cristal: 45 for the local tournament and six for Libertadores.

The statistic is absolute. And it means that Melgar presented 51 different lineups in the season. Either the goalkeeper and the defense changed, or the midfielder and the forward. The technician almost seemed like an exercise in mathematical combinations. For this reason, for the rivals of the ‘Rojinegro’, at that time, Melgar was often indecipherable in the previous duels. And the only certainty that existed for the opponents is the group of players that alternated the most: Nilson Loyola, Bernardo Cuesta, Minzum Quina and Omar Fernández, adding local and international tournament.

a tasty cream

If something characterized the Reynoso cycle in the ‘U’ it was its defensive solidity: in the 2009 national finals it won both matches against its arch-rival Alianza Lima, while it was eliminated from the 2010 Copa Libertadores against Sao Paulo in round of 16 without conceding goals, only beaten in a penalty shootout. Rotations were key in that team, which always prioritized the classic 4-4-2.

At the end of his journey in the ‘U’, Reynoso left with 60.0% effectiveness in 81 games between Descentralizado and Libertadores, a national championship and a qualification for the second round of the Cup in tow. Apparently, his style caught on and the results spoke for themselves.

A ‘Bolo’ fixed to the title

Since 2007, in his debut as DT in Bolognesi, rotations were already a common theme in Reynoso’s work. In all his experience in Tacna he never repeated a starting eleven in consecutive games. It was a team with many young people, direct, physical play and that had the share of experience of Paul Cominges, his key piece, to win the Clausura that year.

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