The DT had anticipated that the team would play as usual. And boy did he. We will fight to the end, he warned.
Marcelo Gallardo, it is known, does not like to leave points on the road. However, this 2-2 in Morumbí against San Pablo has another meaning. And it is logical: his team, like all teams in Argentina, reached the Copa Libertadores after six months without football and almost no possibility of making a formal rehearsal. From there to satisfaction and pride that River DT showed in the post-game conference.
Especially because on Tuesday, when he spoke to the press after a long silence during the quarantine, he had made it clear that River was not going to be left in regrets. “We are not going to speculate, we do not know how to do it. We will try to stand in the best way as always, perhaps with disadvantages. If I stop the team 20 or 30 meters behind to defend myself I might lose, we are not used to it. The idea is to fight”He had foreshadowed.
And his words, beyond the draw, were fulfilled almost to the letter.
He Doll he leaves Brazil with the feeling of the mission accomplished. Almost nothing changed in River, beyond the fact that the world changed from the moment the coronavirus broke out. “The team continues to maintain the spirit. As the game unfolded, the players felt comfortable. We knew that in the second half we could suffer more due to inactivity ”, the DT started, always clear in his concepts and without leaving, as in the planning of the matches, any detail left to chance when facing the microphones.
And he continued: “The rival had been playing for a long time and fights his tournament. There was a big disadvantage for us. But we knew how to carry it out. At times the ball bounced us, but it was normal. We did not play for a long time. That is why I want to congratulate the players ”.
In that sense, the coach appreciated the effort that his team made throughout this endless quarantine. “At the stop, the players were professionals. They worked very well in their homes. And in these five weeks they were very good. Today we had a great physical and mental response especially ”.
What did he say about the proposal and the three forwards? “It was not easy after as long to stand as we stand. We were not in the best conditions, we were not playing with the ideal of preparation. But we wanted to show San Pablo that we were not going to back down. That we were not going to give him the initiative, trying to block his exit. For that he needed the disposition of the three leading strikers. It was risky, physically we were going to see how to hold it … But as the game progressed the players felt comfortable ”.
Yes, Gallardo knows that his team is in the race to reach the round of 16 in this atypical Libertadores. “We feel good and now we have another match in Peru. We will seek to add to Binacional. And then we have two local. It is a closed and difficult group. Liga de Quito won in Peru, we and San Pablo are there. We will fight until the end ”. he was emboldened.