Marcelo Gallardo will have to work to adjust the defensive pegs and they hope that the midfielder reaches the Copa Libertadores game against Athletico Paranaense.
Passed 50 days from the moment River officially returned to play. Passed five games, four for the Copa Libertadores and one for the Professional League Cup. They passed a lot of praise, because the team flew and he had been playing at a high level. But after the double round of Playoffs, things changed quickly.
Marcelo Gallardo went from feeling “totally identified” with the team to saying, after the fall to Banfield: “I’m concerned about the general performance.
What are these concerns for the immediate future? Where are the equipment failures where the Doll must work to correct? There is a bit of everything: from defensive fragility to doubts in the stopped ball and Nacho Fernández’s tear.
How many times was it said that River lowers its intensity in games in which there is not much at stake? This was reiterated after the defeat with Banfield, at the beginning of a tournament that counts as a national cup and that grants the winner a place in the Copa Libertadores next year, to which River is already classified.
But there is no excuse. And that tried to reflect Gallardo. “Although there was not much at stake and there is time to recover in this Cup, it is a wake-up call that worries me. This is good for us to recognize that if we do not arrive well against an opponent with good physical presence and willing to fight, as Banfield did, they can beat us. We have to keep working and not blur “, acknowledged the Doll.
What he hinted is that if the team lacks, in addition to the game, the combative spirit that always gives it a plus, it will be complicated. Especially thinking about the Copa Libertadores.
Gallardo’s teams always had the courage to stand well ahead on the field and dare to defend hand-to-hand if necessary. However, in the last games, mainly in the match against Banfield, the strength of the past has been transformed into a certain fragility.
There were not only individual issues, such as that Pinola and Casco were beaten several times by Mauricio Cuero in speed, and Fontana anticipated Paulo Díaz in Banfield’s first goal. Most worrisome were flaws in the system.
The defense did not work together. There were many ungrouped starts and it was difficult for him to take the marks well. But it was not the sole responsibility of those behind. The midfielders did not have adequate recoil or a good job in quick recovery like other times.
Martínez Quarta was going through a great level in the resumption of football. He played three games from seven points up. With him, the team didn’t just have one defender. Also, a starter of plays, given his technical quality, and one more attacker in the balls stopped in favor. But in exchange for 10 million dollars clean for River, Fiorentina took it.
Gallardo god the chance a Paulo Díaz. The Doll He said that he saw it better than Robert Rojas and that it allowed him not to touch the team much. He made reference to the fact that the Chilean was perhaps better prepared than the Paraguayan to defend in line with four defenders and well ahead.
On the other hand, the Sicario was better off playing as a libero in a line of three centrals. However, Díaz -in his natural position- had a very weak game against Banfield and was already coming from a downward regulation match against the Quito League. Will the trust renew Doll? Or will he give Rojas a chance?