Tuesday , August 16 2022

Alternatives to the river about Marcelo Gallardo are played against Boca with two points


Marcelo Gallardo was surprised by Rodrigo Mora among the proprietors Source: LA NACION – Credit: Diego Lima

These are moments of continuous analysis for

Marcelo Gallardo.

Of constant thoughts and ideas in the mind. From sketches in his folder and his assistant Matías Biscay. Of sheets and sheets filled with ink with sketches of what


will present tomorrow at Monumental. Because the imponderables that interrupted the plans and DT, which seemed to have a memory formation, must now resort to their ingenuity.

If in the first leg duel was the big question who would play instead of the injured Leonardo Ponzio, for the return in the 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 system should you use? But the big obstacle to overcome is, of course, how to rearrange the attack on Ignacio Scoco's muscle injury in the right calf that left him out of the final.

In addition to the fact that exNewell did not start, the suspension of Colombian forward with three guys had left him in the middle of the scene to be the natural substitute, to be the top 13 scorer of the year and for his good achievements against Boca: scored in Argentina Super Cup in Mendoza and in the last superclásico of Superliga.

So to this day, Gallardo is likely to choose five flyers (Nacho Fernández or Quintero may enter) in a 4-1-4-1 or 4-3-2-1 system with

Lucas Pratto

as the only one forward. Although it is not ruled out the continuity of 5-3-2 he had in La Boca (Pity Martínez would go on) or the presence of Uruguayan

Rodrigo Mora

As a starter, together with juvenile Julián Álvarez, the other attack options for the River become the definition.

Mora goes through a present with more doubt than certainties. His performance in the second half of the year has not been good and was in contrast to what was the beginning of 2018 when he returned to playing after nearly nine months of inactivity due to "right hens" feed in June 2017 due to aseptic necrosis in the thighs head , a heart attack in the leg due to lack of blood flow.

His last match had been May 14 in 3-1 against


in the Bombon for the local tournament and his official return was on January 28th in the 1-0 defeat with Superliga hurricane after spending three months on crutches and performing successive works of kinesiology and gym. After all – until false rumors about a supposed retirement arose – Uruguayan returned with more power than never and entered the titular equipment with its good exchanges.

In February, he made two of the four goals he has accumulated in his 28 matches of the year (Godoy Cruz in 2-2 of Superliga and Flamengo in 2-2 of the debut of

Libertadores Cup

) lets his level be a starter in three of the first four games in the continental tournament and even accompanied Pratto in Supercopa.

Rodrigo Mora fell in favor of Gallardo after a decline in their level and at the same time, because Scocco and Borre were strengthened by goals, the Uruguayan was last considered. Thus, the striker played fewer games a year with 28: Pratto has 39 (35 start and 10 goals), Scocco has 35 (21 start and 13 goals) and Borre has 33 (15 start and 8 goals). Mora comes from being a 1-0 defeat with Colon and 1-0 win against Aldosivi, the last two games of Superliga, even though he was replaced in both.

Today, the Uruguayan attacker who arrived in Núñez 2012 wants revenge: the definition was lost. Tigers in the Monumental de la Libertadores 2015 for a tear in the right hamstring.

Possibly Julián Álvarez is sitting on the bench, which already made it on La Bombonera: it was his first international experience as a professional football player. He has only 96 minutes in the first division, divided among the 26 he played in the 1-0 win against Aldosivi (filed by Mora) on October 27th and the 70th he added in the 1-0 defeat with Estudiantes (he went in for the injured Scocco).

The 18-year-old juvenile was born in Calchín, a small town in Cordoba, 110 kilometers from the capital and has about three thousand inhabitants. And at age 11, he had a good experience when trying Real Madrid for a month. But the club could only sign him at the age of 13, so he preferred not to leave his family and return to his hometown. He continued to play football, had tests in Boca and stayed for a while in retirement by Argentineans, but left behind because it always cost him to leave his loved one.

Until the end of 2015 was in the river and began his journey. He started in the seventh division of 2016, a year he played in sixth and Reserve and in 2018 met several dreams: he was sparring the election in Russia's World Cup, he signed a contract until June 2021 with the river (he has a clause of 15 million euros), started training with the first, scored a goal in the friendship of Talleres (3-1 defeat) in September and made his professional debut.

Gallardo has two replacement options or company for Pratto if he wants to keep the scheme of two strikers: an experienced Mora and a talented professional football player like Alvarez. Only in his head (and maybe in Biscay, which will replace him as DT because of the suspension) is the choice.

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