The national tournament was defined in the final round in favor of the”albos”, after overcoming Emelec at the Rodrigo Paz Delgado stadium.The “U” celebrates its title number 11 and breaks the hegemony of the Shipyard teams that won the last six championships. The injuries of the defenders and the departure of Hernán Barcos midway through the year, were not an impediment for Repetto to form a balanced and effective team, with capacity in all its lines.
It took eight years for Liga de Quito to celebrate a national title again. The team “albo” lived irregular campaigns, which prevented him from being a protagonist in the contest. When he was closest was in 2015, when he played the final with Emelec. However, the “blues” lifted the trophy in the White House. Now things were reversed, when Emelec had to see from the side as his rival lifted the trophy after defeating him in the grand final of the championship.
The Liga de Quito project opted for the continuity of the Uruguayan Pablo Repetto,who took over in 2017 to replace his compatriot Gustavo Munúa. He directed the second stage and only reached him to be fifth.
In the accumulated was eighth and had to play against University Technician, champion of the series B, for a quota to the South American.
There was not so much confidence on the part of the fans in the technical staff of Repetto, but the leadership gave him all the support for the new campaign. The team took few dates to adapt and despite the criticism it received for not presenting a colorful game, it began to be effective. Liga”assaulted” the first place of the stage on the date 12 and from there it did not lose. It was consistent and the results guaranteed him to bethe finalist, above Barcelona, who finished second.
In the team, the Argentine goalkeeper Adrián Gabbarini, who came to cover the gap left by Daniel Viteri, and José Gabriel Cevallos, stood out quickly. (I)