They will face Brazilian teams for the round of 16. They made merits to reach the eighth, but they will have to attend to some points to confirm themselves as favorites.
The Libertadores has three Argentine representatives who, up to the second round, came aboard their virtues, of course. River, Boca and Racing have arguments to excite their fans. Also, defects that must be corrected in order to continue advancing towards glory. And although on Friday finally! The Professional Football League (LPF) will begin, the focus is on the international arena.
At the end of the day, the three have already qualified for next year’s Cup, the prize that this new and far-fetched Argentine tournament will deliver. Continental glory is at hand in this 2020 crossed by the pandemic, beyond the fact that the final in the Maracana will be played at the end of January 2021.
What do River, Boca and Racing have to embody themselves as the new King of America? What will they have to watch out for, regardless of the opponents on duty? You have to take an introspective look and analyze your own strengths and weaknesses.
Marcelo Gallardo’s team was the team that scored the most goals (21) in the competition with an average of 3.5 per game. It must be taken into account, of course, that he put 14 to Binacional, 8 in the Monumental – prior to the interruption by the quarantine – and 6 in Lima. However, it is all a symptom of its forcefulness. And a product, in addition, of the number of clear situations it generates: 29 in total.
It is no coincidence that Julián Álvarez is one of the top scorers in the Cup with 5 shouts. Nor, that Matías Suárez has become the footballer who created the greatest chances (7). The Cordovan is also on the podium of the players with the highest number of assists together with Nacho Fernández (3) and only below Ron, del Palmeiras.
Numbers that mark, in short, offensive voracity of the Doll, who knew how to give Álvarez a boost to boost the attack on board the 4-3-3 and even found a good replacement for Nacho Fernández, beyond its different characteristics, in Santiago Sosa. Although he is a central midfielder, he is showing the ability to play sideways.
“We defend very high and when we are not aggressive, we suffer. And if we do not have that aggressiveness, possibly they will generate us as Liga did, which came to us on several occasions”Gallardo commented after the 3-0 match against Liga De Quito. That may be his Achilles heel, something he corrected with Sosa’s admission. They are the spaces offered by a team that bets on the attack. Athlético Paranaense already took note.
Afterwards, the award-winning coach will have to evaluate how he overcomes the loss of Lucas Martínez Quarta, who was transferred to Fiorentina and made his debut this Sunday. In individual terms, he has two full-backs of Selection: the Chilean Paulo Díaz and the Paraguayan Robert Rojas. The squad is short and no reinforcements arrived.
The clean and jerk he took with Miguel Angel Russo in the last seven dates of the Superliga lit the way to the local title. In the resumption of the Cup, however, Boca had chiaroscuro. Of a good duel before Freedom in Asunción, he went on to two games with unevenness -very despite the victory against DIM- to close with a remarkable performance against Caracas in the Bombonera.
Your best card is under all three suits. Esteban Andrada is the goalkeeper who kept his fence undefeated the most times in the group stage (5) over the Brazilians Vanderlei (4) and Weverton (4), from Gremio and Palmeiras. Also, the one who received the fewest goals: just one, in his debut against Caracas in Venezuela. All a guarantee. Without going any further, on Thursday he covered a penalty at 14 minutes that Robert Hernández kicked.
Boca is the team with the best dribbling average (almost 17 per game), key to winning the individual duel and generating imbalance. It is a plus point, but it can also be confusing: it reveals some flaws in the construction of the collective game.
There is time to find the best performance because it has a wide and rich roster of variants. Eduardo Salvio – along with the kid Álvarez de River, at the top of the gunners – and Carlos Tevez are in a great moment. And against Caracas, the coach who won the sixth Libertadores in 2007 gave flight to Edwin Cardona. His panorama, added to Frank Fabra’s decision to project himself, can make up Sebastián Villa’s absence. The Colombian striker, anyway, could be taken into account again in the round of 16.
“I had the Boca that I wanted in March. Now we are recovering little by little “Russo declared. In this is the coach who must seek the greatest fluidity in the game as a whole.
Statistics do not support double reads: Racing is one of the best teams in the Libertadores. He scored more points than River and Boca, but by goal difference he finished second in his group, below Nacional. That is why he must face Flamengo, no less. The champion of America is coming and it is quite a challenge. Ultimately, a large opponent is the best measure. For better or worse.
In back of Independent of the Valley (66.7%), the Academia is the team with the longest ball (65.8%) and also, one of the most accurate in the passing category (495 per game). In this last item, they stand out Leonel Miranda Y Nery Dominguez, one with 3.5 key passes every 90 minutes and the other with long balls (almost 8).
And as a result of this style of play with possession and focused on attack, Racing generated 23 clear chances, just like San Pablo – already eliminated – and under River (29). Although here is a deficit that Sebastián Beccacece will have to solve: he missed 19. Among them, two penalties: Nicolas Reniero before Lima Alliance Y Hector Fertoli versus Merida students. There were 9 goals that gave him 5 wins in 6 games. Few, beyond the points, according to the number of situations he manufactured.