This Thursday the continental tournament will resume and Boca, River, Racing, Defensa y Justicia and Tigre will be on the field.
Coronavirus or Covid-19. PCR or hisopados. Tests serological. Protocols. Quarantine or isolation. Bubble. Words that got mixed in a cocktail of new concepts for Argentine soccer. There was no longer talk of 4-3-3, 4-3-1-2 or 4-4-2. Neither high pressure, set ball, retreat, possession or offensive search. Everything was thread of the leaders, the political power of the day and the local sanitaristas, while the ball rolled back and forth in the rest of the world. Until now, of course. Because the Copa Libertadores returned.
After six months, there will be action for the Argentine teams. Without neglecting care, masks, hand hygiene, all those tips that came to stay between players and coaches, at last! we can refer to the game.
Under this conjuncture, Boca, River, Racing, Defense and Justice and Tigre they will have their first game this Thursday. Without a formal practice, much less a preseason friendly, the national exponents will jump to the field lacking filming. And in that sense, what teams should be expected in the resumption of the maximum continental competition, interrupted in March by the pandemic?
Can Boca show that growing performance of the last seven Super League games, when in a remarkable the sprint end got the title? Will it be possible for River to maintain that intensity that Marcelo Gallardo gave it and that gave it so much glory? Will Racing be able to recover the identity that Sebastián Beccacece had given it and that allowed it to qualify for the Libertadores next year? Will Defense and Justice be able to maintain the levels of March, when the players had already entered the line of Hernán Crespo? What will a new Tigre look like, who changed half the team, but still has Néstor Gorosito in front with his usual stamp?
All these questions fly over in the previous one. Analysis aims to find answers.
Miguel Ángel Russo gave another format to the team that Gustavo Alfaro had designed. The veteran coach arrived with the recipe of 4-1-3-2, he gave flight to Jorman Campuzano, revitalized Carlos Tevez and took advantage of the extremes with Sebastián Villa and Eduardo Salvio. Boca was champion. And he added 4 of the 6 points that were played in the Libertadores.
Now his most destabilizing player was relegated by the procedural situation. The club marginalized Villa before the court ruling. Accused of gender violence, he will not be taken into account.
The defense got complicated right down the stretch, with Julio Buffarini injured and Lisandro López in Buenos Aires with symptoms of coronavirus. Their places in defense will be occupied by Leonardo Jara and by Zambrano. The midfield is the place of most doubt, because next to Salvio it is expected that Marcone or Capaldo and Pol Fernández will play. It will have more brand and recovery, but less creativity.
We will have to see how the team is assembled on the fly. As Russo said, who did not travel to Paraguay for medical advice: “The rush to reach one hundred percent does not exist.”
In Group H, Boca drew 1 to 1 with Caracas as a visitor and beat Independiente de Medellín 3-0 at home. The games that are missing are: Thursday the 17th, at 9:00 pm, away from Libertad; on Thursday 24, at 21, as a visitor to the DIM; on Tuesday 29, at 9:30 p.m., from local to Libertad; and on Thursday, October 22, at 9:30 p.m., at home against Caracas.
High:Edwin Cardona (on loan from Tijuana), Javier García (free from Racing), Agustín Rossi (returned from Lanús), Gonzalo Maroni (returned from Sampdoria), Mateo Retegui (returned from Estudiantes) and Walter Bou (returned from Unión).
Low: Junior Alonso (Atlético Mineiro, sold by Lille), Jan Carlos Hurtado (on loan to Bragantino from Brazil), Emanuel Reynoso (Minnesota United, sold), Marcos Díaz, Javier Bustillos (All Boys, free), Sebastián Pérez (Boavista from Portugal , on loan) and Nahuel Molina Lucero (Udinese from Italy, free).
River’s last game was 192 days ago. Against Atlético Tucumán, he played with a trio of central markers: Lucas Martínez Quarta, Robert Rojas and Javier Pinola. Three in the background, which can be five when the team is grouped with the wings, although Gonzalo Montiel and Milton Casco are focused on offense.
With the entrerriano out of the race due to coronavirus, the concept does not change with the entry of Fabrizio Angileri to play against San Pablo, but with the presence of Julián Alvarez in the middle.