Sunday , April 18 2021

The alternatives of River if Marcelo Gallardo is played against the Boca with two points

Marcelo Gallardo could surprise Rodrigo Mora in the headlines Source: LA NACION – Credit: Diego Lima

These are moments of continuous analysis to

Marcelo Gallardo.

Of constant thoughts and ideas in the head. From sketches in his briefcase and his assistant Matias Biscay. Leaves and sheets full of ink with sketches of what


will present tomorrow at Monumental. Because once again the imponderables disrupt the plans and the DT, who seemed to have a formation of memory, must now resort to his ingenuity.

If in the first match duel the great question was who would play in the place of the injured Leonardo Ponzio, for the return in Monumental there is not a single question, but several. Who goes out to get Ponzio? Who will replace Santos Borré? Will Martinez Quarta follow in a line of five defenders? Which scheme are you going to use? But, of course, the great obstacle to be overcome is how to rearrange the attack on the muscle injury of Ignacio Scocco in the right calf that left him out of the final.

In addition to the fact that exNewell's was not starting, the suspension of the Colombian striker by three yellows left him in the center of the scene for being the natural substitute, for being the top scorer of the year with 13 celebrations and for his good performances against Boca : scored goals in the Supercopa of Argentina in Mendoza and in the last superclásico in the Superleague.

Thus, to date, Gallardo is more likely to opt for five pamphlets (Nacho Fernández or Quintero could enter) in a 4-1-4-1 or 4-3-2-1 system, with

Lucas Pratto

as the only attacker. Despite not being ruled out the continuity of 5-3-2 that he had in La Boca (penalty Martinez would pass front) or the presence of the Uruguayan

Rodrigo Mora

as a starter along with the juvenile Julián Álvarez will be the other River attack options for the definition.

Mora goes through a gift with more doubts than certainties. His performance in the second half of the year has not been good and contrasted with what was the great beginning of 2018, when he returned to play after almost nine months of inactivity due to "right hip forage" held in June. 2017 due to aseptic necrosis in the femoral head, resulting from a heart attack in the bone due to lack of blood flow.

His last game was on May 14 at 3-1 against


in Bombonera for the local tournament and his official return was on January 28 in a 1-0 loss to the Superleague hurricane, after spending three months on crutches and performing successive kinesiology and gymnastics. Despite everything – even false rumors of a supposed retirement – the Uruguayan came back with more power than ever and entered the starting equipment with good incomes.

In February he scored two of the four goals he has accumulated in his 28 games of the year (Godoy Cruz in the 2-2 Superliga and Flamengo in the 2-2

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), his level allowed him to start in three of the first four games of the continental tournament and even accompanied Pratto in the Super Cup.

Rodrigo Mora fell to Gallardo's consideration after a decline in his level and, at the same time, because Scocco and Borre were reinforced by goals, then the Uruguayan was the last one in consideration. Thus, it is the striker who played fewer games in the year with 28: Pratto has 39 (35 matches and 10 goals), Scocco has 35 (21 matches and 13 goals) and Borre has 33 (15 matches and 8 goals). . Mora comes from starters in a 1-0 defeat by Colón and a 1-0 win over Aldosivi, the last two Super League matches, although both have been replaced.

Today, the Uruguayan striker who arrived in Núñez in 2012 wants to take revenge: the definition was lost. Tigers at the Monumental de la Libertadores 2015 for a right hamstring injury.

Possibly, Julián Alvarez is sitting in the substitute bench, which he already did in La Bombonera: it was his first international experience as a professional soccer player. He only got 96 minutes in the first division, divided among the 26 he played in a 1-0 victory against Aldosivi (entered by Mora) on October 27 and the 70 he added in the 1-0 defeat with Estudiantes ( he joined the injured Scocco).

The 18-year-old was born in Calchín, a small town in Cordoba that is 110 kilometers from the capital and has about 3,000 inhabitants. And at age 11 he had a great experience when he tried Real Madrid for a month. But the club could only hire him at age 13, so he chose not to leave his family and return to his hometown. He continued playing football, did tests in Boca and lived for a while in the boarding house of Argentinos Juniors, but abandoned because it always cost him to leave behind his loved ones.

By the end of 2015 he was in Rio and began his journey. He started in the seventh division in 2016, one year he played sixth and reserve, and in 2018 realized several dreams: he was fighting for the selection in the World Cup Russia, he signed a contract until June 2021 with River (he has a clause of 15 million euros), began to train with the first, scored a friendly goal against Talleres (3-1 defeat) in September and made his professional debut.

Gallardo has two substitution options or company for Pratto, in case he wants to keep the scheme with two strikers: an experienced Mora and an incipient professional soccer player like Alvarez. Only in his head (and perhaps in Biscay, who will replace him as DT because of suspension) is the choice.

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