Saturday , October 16 2021

The alternative from River if Marcelo Gallardo is played against Boca with two points

Marcelo Gallardo can surprise Rodrigo Mora among his holders Source: LA NACION – Credit: Diego Lima

This is a moment of continuous analysis for

Marcelo Gallardo.

Constant thoughts and ideas in the head. From the sketch in the folder and the assistant Matías Biscay. The leaves and sheets are filled with ink with what sketches


will attend tomorrow at Monumental. Because again people who are unable to interfere with plans and DT, which seem to have memory formation, now have to use their ingenuity.

If in the first leg of the duel the big question is who will play where injured Leonardo Ponzio, for the return of Monumental there is no single question, but several. Who is out to get Ponzio? Who will replace Santos Borré? Will the Martinez Quarta follow a line of five defenders? What scheme will you use? But, of course, a big obstacle to overcome is how to reset the attack on muscle injury Ignacio Scocco on the right calf that made him come out of the final.

Beyond the fact that exNewell 's not starting, the suspension of the Colombian forward by three yellows has made him in the middle of the scene to be a natural substitute, to become this year's top scorer with 13 celebrations and for his good performance against Boca: goals in the Argentina Super Cup in Mendoza and in the last superclásico in the Superliga.

So, to this day, it's likely that Gallardo chose five leaflets (Nacho Fernández or Quintero can enter) in the 4-1-4-1 or 4-3-2-1 system, with

Lucas Pratto

as the only one who advanced. Although it does not rule out the 5-3-2 continuity he has at La Boca (Pity Martínez will qualify from the front) or the presence of Uruguay players

Rodrigo Mora

as a starter, along with teenager Julián vlvarez would be another attack choice from River for definition.

Mora passed the prize with more doubts than certainty. His performance in the second half of the year has not been good and contrasts with what was a good start in 2018, when he returned to playing after almost nine months of inactivity because "looking for the right hip" was done in June. 2017 because of aseptic necrosis in the head of the femur, the product of a heart attack in the bones due to lack of blood flow.

His last match was on May 14 in a 3-1 fight


in Bombonera for the local tournament and the official return was on January 28 in a 1-0 defeat with Hurricane by the Superliga, after spending three months on crutches and doing successive kinesiology and gym work. Regardless of everything – until false rumors about retirement were supposed to appear -, the Uruguayan returned with greater strength than never and entered the titular equipment with good results.

In February he scored two of the four goals he collected in 28 matches this year (Godoy Cruz 2-2 by Superliga and Flamengo in 2-2 from debut

Libertadores Cup

), his level allowed him to start in three of the first four matches of the continental tournament and even accompanied Pratto at Supercopa.

Rodrigo Mora fell to Gallardo's consideration after a decline at their level and, at the same time, because Scocco and Borre were reinforced by a goal, so the Uruguayan was last in consideration. Thus, it is a striker who played less this year with 28: Pratto has 39 (35 starts and 10 goals), Scocco has 35 (21 starts and 13 goals) and Borre has 33 (15 starts and 8 goals). Mora came from starting in a 1-0 defeat with Colon and a 1-0 win against Aldosivi, the last two matches by the Superliga, although in both he was replaced.

Today, the Uruguayan striker who arrived in Núñez in 2012 wants revenge: the definition is gone. Tigers at the 2015 Monumental de la Libertadores for rips in the right hamstring.

Perhaps, Julián vlvarez was sitting on the substitute bench, who had already done so at La Bombonera: it was his first international experience as a professional footballer. He only had 96 minutes in the first division, divided between 26 he played in a 1-0 win against Aldosivi (entered by Mora) on October 27 and 70 which he added in a 1-0 defeat with Estudiantes (he entered for the injured Scocco )

The 18-year-old teenager was born in Calchín, a small town in Cordoba that is 110 kilometers from the capital city and has around three thousand residents. And at the age of 11 he had a great experience when he tried Real Madrid for a month. But the club could only sign him at the age of 13 so he would rather not leave his family and return to his hometown. He continued to play football, underwent tests at Boca and stayed for a while at Pension Argentinos Juniors, but was abandoned because it always cost him to leave the person he loved.

Until the end of 2015 it was on the River and began its journey. He started in the seventh division in 2016, a year he played sixth and Backup, and in 2018 fulfilled a number of dreams: he fought in elections at the World Cup Russia, he signed a contract until June 2021 with River (he has a 15 million euro clause ), began training with the first, scored in a friendly against Talleres (3-1 defeat) in September and made his professional debut.

Gallardo has two substitute choices or a company for Pratto if he wants to maintain the scheme with two strikers: an experienced Mora and a new professional soccer player like Alvarez. Only on his head (and maybe on Biscay, which will replace him as DT because of suspension) is his choice.

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