Julián Álvarez is River’s most dangerous card (Photo: Telam)
Came the day. Consecration is just around the corner. Or in the very Monumental. Tonight River Plate can celebrate its 37th title as Argentine soccer champion by only drawing against Racing in Núñez, in the commitment corresponding to the twenty-second date of the Professional League.
The classic is played at the Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium, with the refereeing by Silvio Trucco and television broadcast by TNT Sports and Fox Sports Premium. The stage is complete in its capacity, as the fans millionaires they quickly used up one hundred percent of the authorized capacity.
The cast of The band It is the leader with 49 units and Talleres, which on Tuesday was thrashed in La Plata by Gymnastics, stayed at 40, just like Defense and Justice, therefore with only equaling against the Academia He will take a distance of 10 units over the Cordobes and the Falcon, with nine remaining to be played and he will be champion.
It is close to ending with the wait for the successful cycle of Marcelo Gallardo. El Muñeco could finally celebrate its first first division title in the domestic tournament since so far it has won five national cups (three editions of the Argentine Cup and two of the Argentine Super Cup), which are added to the seven international titles, adding 12 total.
Tonight against Racing, a rival over whom he exercises a notable paternity and against which he won the Super Cup last March by thrashing him 5-0 in Santiago del Estero, the Millionaire tries to put the finishing touch to a great remarkable campaign in which he has 16 presentations without losses, with 13 wins and three draws.
This River is not the opulent of previous years, it was shedding figures that made a difference and that led it to win the Copa Libertadores and play the final that it finally lost to Flamengo, in Peru, but Gallardo gave it a performance, a dynamic of its own of his label and featured the appearance of some young figures such as the destabilizing Julián Álvarez, who today is probably the best player in Argentine soccer, plus Benjamín Rollheiser, Santiago Simón, Enzo Fernández and Felipe Peña, among others.
Álvarez, with 16 goals, is the top scorer of the tournament and with his imminent future in European football is the most unbalancing factor in a team that “recast” and replaced the figures in the best way, with superlative individual and collective performance. and winning on all courts.
The cast of Avellaneda is in the antipodes of this River, with a 41% efficiency. Today his presence in the international cups of the next season is compromised, product of loose efforts of Juan Antonio Pizzi (although he played and lost the final of the League Cup against Colón) and the interim of Claudio Úbeda.
Now, with the arrival of Fernando Gago (who adds four matches with a win and three falls) the Academia He tries to achieve a team appearance based on a style and the performance has improved, but he makes notorious mistakes that almost always culminate in an opponent’s goal and that makes a classification extremely complicated.
For Racing, not entering an international competition would mean a notable sporting and economic failure since without activity on the other side of the borders it would see its income very limited in 2022 without the dollars that would enter its ark by taking part in Conmebol competitions.
River does not have Enzo Pérez (left elbow dislocation), Milton Casco and Bruno Zuculini (suspended), but plays a historic one like Leonardo Ponzio, who achieved promotion to the first division, won 13 titles and has 349 games played (with 10 goals ) and is about to retire. In addition, Javier Pinola is the starter again, already recovered from a dislocation, who won the pulse against Jonatan Maidana.
In Racing, Leonardo Sigali (suspended), Paraguayan Matías Rojas and Chilean Eugenio Mena (torn) are ruled out and, as usual, Gago does not reveal the team, or the players themselves, until a few hours before the game.
In terms of history, River’s supremacy is total in professionalism after 175 games with an advantage of 91 wins against 41 and 43 draws. The Millionaire He won the last three classics and the last 6 to 1 in Avellaneda for the 2019/2020 Super League.
River Plate: Franco Armani; Robert Rojas, Paulo Díaz, Javier Pinola, David Martínez; Santiago Simón, Leonardo Ponzio, Enzo Fernández; Agustín Palavecino; Julián Álvarez and Braian Romero. DT: Marcelo Gallardo.
Racing Club: Gabriel Arias, Iván Pillud, Mauricio Martínez, Nery Domínguez and Fernando Prado; Leonel Miranda, Carlos Alcaraz, Tomás Chancalay and Lisandro López; Enzo Copetti and Javier Correa. DT: Fernando Gago.
Referee: Silvio Trucco.
Stadium: River Plate.
TV: TNT Sports y Fox Sports Premium.
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